1. Stay away from the bad stuff.  We may not have control over the factory regulations but we can choose where we live.
  2. Check your area’s AQI (Air Quality Index).  The federal government updates ozone and particulate matter levels at AIRNow.gov.  It can be searched by zip code and offers daily forecasts for the public.
  3. Switch to a morning workout.  If you like to exercise outdoors, try a morning workout when ozone levels are low.  Heavy breathing draws air deep into the lungs.  Morning workouts also help you avoid inhaling exhaust from the mid-day traffic.
  4. Set the fan to re-circulate.  Setting you house fan to re-circulate prevents you from drawing polluted air from the outside.  Make sure to keep your house windows closed and replace the air filters regularly.
  5. Change your HVAC filter!  Heating and cooling make up about 50% of our energy bills. Changing your HVAC filter monthly will keep you from inhaling the pollutants, dander, and dust particles floating around your house.  This will improve your chances of not getting sick and can improve the efficiency of your HVAC equipment by 5% to 15%.   Check your filter at least once a month.
  6. Consider adding whole home filtration.  Adding a Honeywell Media Filter is more efficient at capturing both microscopic particles like dust and smoke in addition to larger contaminants such as mold spores and pet dander.  They also last up to four times longer than a regular filter.  You can also consider adding Air Scrubber Plus to help reduce dangerous airborne contaminants.

Call Audubon Cesco!!  We will make sure you’re breathing easier and your HVAC equipment is at optimal efficiency!  How can we make you happy today?

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