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How to Maintain Healthy Air Quality Inside of Your Home

Why Maintain Air Quality Control?

Maintaining air quality in your home is important for the people and pets who live there and for your wallet. Ensuring the air in your home is clean will keep people and pets healthy by reducing the number of pollutants ingested on a daily basis.

Part of this includes the routine maintenance of your HVAC system. This will cut down on potential problems with your system, which can cause damage or raise your electric bill as your system tries to regulate the temperature in your home.

Minimize Pollutants By Keeping Clean Floors


Clean floors are the first place to start when you’re looking to maintain air quality control in your home. Pollutants such as pet dander, mold, and dust are easily trapped in carpets and have a tendency to fly around on the surface of hard floors.

These unsavory particles become airborne easily, which can cause respiratory issues, fatigue, and even digestive issues in some people, this is why there are so many different benefits to clean air. There are a few ways to minimize exposure.

First, you’ll want to vacuum once or twice per week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and then follow with a microfiber mop on all hard floors. This ensures that most of the pollutants that can become airborne are removed from your floors.

Next, you’ll want to get floor mats by every entrance to your home. People and pets also track in toxins from outside that make their way onto your flooring. Floor mats will reduce the number of pollutants tracked throughout the home. (For more information on how to make your own floor cleaner, please see Homemade Floor Cleaner)

Improve Airflow By Opening Windows

Having proper ventilation in your home will ensure that old stale air is moving out and new fresh air is coming in. This means fewer pollutants for you and your pets to breathe in. Homes are created to be as air-tight as possible in order to regulate temperature efficiently. While this is good for your electric bill, it isn’t so great for your home’s air quality.


Luckily there are a few different ways you can ventilate your home. The first is to open windows or doors to allow clean air to flow inside. If you live in a polluted area, you may want to wait until traffic has slowed to avoid risking allowing more toxins in. Another way you can encourage airflow in your home is to have an exhaust fan installed. These fans can be set to either suck air out of your home or push fresh air into your home. These are often installed in kitchens or bathrooms, but they aren’t limited to those areas.

Find the Root of the Problem


If you’ve taken all of the above steps to improve the air quality in your home, but you’re still having problems, it’s important to find the source of the issue. Getting to the root of the problem will help you feel better and will ensure your HVAC system is running smoothly.

In order to find the source, you’ll need to address your HVAC system. First, you’ll want to check your air filter. This is a square piece of spun fiberglass or pleated fabric encased in a cardboard frame.

Its job is to catch all of the pollutants as the circulated air is pushed through the fiberglass or fabric, finally then being dispersed into your home. If you hold the filter up to a light and can see through it, your filter is not the problem. If you can’t see through it, then it’s time to replace your filter.

If you haven’t stayed on top of changing your filter, it’s also possible that damage was done to your HVAC system. As debris builds up, it creates more work for the fans and ducts in your system. If this is the case, you’ll want a professional to inspect it for you to ensure proper functioning.

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Serving the Alexandria area, Nice Heating & Air offers repair and maintenance services for all brands and types of HVAC equipment. These proactive and highly skilled technicians complete projects on time and at an affordable rate, with upfront pricing and multiple solutions. From heating and A/C repairs to gas fireplace service, Nice Heating & Air ensures complete customer satisfaction, health, and comfort.

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John G.

“Five stars--could not be happier!  Josh and Kyle were very professional, provided several options to improve performance of HVAC, no pressure or time constraints, worked efficiently, were able to explain in clear terms what they found, including when items were performing in fine fashion and nothing needed to be done.  Thanks for a happy camper”


“Service was outstanding from the time of arrival which you could track arrival time live on a website link they send you so you know when they will arrive. Technical knowledge was very high, quick and efficient Kyle and his partner both handled the install of a Sensi Predict as if it was a walk in the park. I highly recommend Kyle from Nice Heating & Air for all HVAC issues and for new installs, him and his team are an amazing company and will think of them first if any issues arise in the future for sure....”

Andrew Baker.

“Professional and polite. Excellent communication throughout the maintenance visit. Definitely recommend.”


“Rolando Medrano was very professional and followed the CDC protocol of 6 feet social distance and had a mask and put disposable shoe covers before entering the house. He made sure to address all of our issues and provided answers for all our questions. He came on time and called before he came to update on timing and his status! He was a great help!”

Mike Richardson.

“Highly recommend Nice Home Services for your HVAC needs. Have been member of their annual maintenance plan for three years now and been extremely pleased with their approach to business. They are professional, knowledgeable, and relatable. The service specialists take their time to fully diagnose the issue and explain the situation in a way that is easy to understand. Never had an instance where they try to push product and instead look for ways to recommend how to save you money. Need anything done on your home's HVAC, call the folks at Nice Home Services and know you're making the right choice.”

Zora G.

“Love , Love the NICE Heating & Air company for their kind & trustworthy technicians, their unbeatable price & overall knowledge they’ve amazed me every time with their fabulous job on my house, I’ll recommend them without hesitations, try this company you won’t regret for sure.”

Richard Nowinski.

“Dionte and his helper (Josh) did a superb job with the installation. The result is both functional and as cosmetically pleasing as the ideal water heater installation can be. They were VERY careful moving the old one out and the new one in so as to assure no damage was initiated neither to the heater nor to our dwelling. He explained his intended design prior to execution and executed it flawlessly. This was followed by a comprehensive explanation of the functional options available through the control panel and Ipad app. Cleanup at conclusion of the install was appropriate and comprehensive. This team represented both Nice Heating and Rheem VERY positively!”

Kimberly Mason.

“I had the pleasure of meeting another NICE Heating and Air Service Technician today, Mr. Jeremy Castellon. Jeremy, thank you again for addressing my questions and concerns regarding my gas fireplace. I appreciate your patience and knowledgeability about gas fireplaces. Jeremy was very professional and competent.”

Terence Lartey.

“The technician was very professional and took his time to explain the issue and how he will about to fix it. He also offered means to save by signing on their maintenance program. He was polite, careful to keep the carpet clean. I will recommend this company to friends and family.”

Roberta Massiah.

“Loves me some NICE Home Services! I’ve been part of their maintenance plan for almost 9 years now & they're great. Reliable, professional, & friendly; they take care of all my HVAC & gas fireplace needs m, including a spring & fall tuneup. Highly recommend!”

Barb N.

“I purchased my HVAC unit a year ago along with a Cozy Club maintenance plan. It's been running great and the customer service team is always quick to respond to questions. Today Rolando M. came by for the maintenance check and, as usual, he was neat, professional and maintained the COVID rules. He was also very nice, living up to the company name. I'm very happy with my experience with Nice.”

N. England.

“I can't speak highly enough of this company. I requested an appointment, and it was scheduled for the next day. The technician was polite, honest, and a pure delight to work with. He didn't try to overcharge or tell me to replace something I didn't need to. He made service recommendations that were in line with industry standard prices so I could make an informed decision as he went about his service visit. Would recommend and will be using them again in the future. ”

Lucas W.

“My technician arrived promptly at our appointed hour. He repaired a dirty and non-working gas fireplace. In addition, he found a small gas leak on our furnace line. Overall, exceptional service and quality work. I highly recommend their HVAC service.”

Rona G.

“Very impressive company! Nice responded to my call for a heating issue on very short notice. My tech, was right on time, extremely polite, and very hardworking. Customer service and satisfaction are clearly a priority.”

Kenny D.

“They treat customers like a valuable asset, not like a number. Business the old-fashioned way, that will never go out of style.”

Lois S.

“Superb customer service. Before a service appointment, you receive a text message notification with photo of the tech that will be at your residence followed by a phone call. During a service appointment you'll updated and educated. If there is a concern, management will contact you promptly and follow up until issue resolved. Awesome and attentive team!!”