6 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Air Quality
According to the EPA, the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the air outside, and with Americans spending more and more time indoors, it is time to take your indoor air quality seriously. Unseen to us, our air can be polluted by contaminants like pollen, dust, smoke, volatile organic compounds, mold, bacteria, and even viruses. Continuous exposure to these contaminants can cause some serious side effects, including headaches, increased respiratory issues and allergy symptoms, heart disease, and cancer. These side effects can be easily mitigated by implementing some of the tips and tricks our experts at Premier Air Heating & Cooling are laying out today.
6 ways to increase your indoor air quality:
- Get your ducts professionally cleaned: Your ductwork is responsible for transporting your conditioned air throughout your home. Despite the importance of this system, it is rarely looked after, leading to debris and contaminant buildup. This buildup can increase the pollution levels in your home. Our duct cleaning service will clear your supply and return air ducts, grilles, diffusers, drip pans, and fan housing to ensure a completely clean system, which leads to a more efficient HVAC system overall and better overall air quality. Our technicians use a duct truck, as opposed to just a vacuum, to make sure all of these contaminants are pulled out of, and stay out of, your home.
- Install an air purifier: One of the most effective ways to reduce your exposure to airborne contaminants is by having an air purifier installed by a professional. Not only is the install process quick—seamlessly attaching to your current HVAC system, but also helps diminish odors, relieves allergy and asthma symptoms, reduces harmful chemicals produced by household cleaners, and even improves your sleep.
- Monitor your home’s humidity: An overly humid home is the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. The spores can move through your space, being accidentally inhaled by your family. This can cause allergic reactions and even respiratory illness. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier can help you keep your home’s humidity at EPA-recommended levels. If your property struggles with the opposite problem, install a humidifier, to avoid dry eyes and skin.
- Ventilate your space when possible: A free way to boost your indoor air quality is by increasing your ventilation. Running ceiling fans and opening doors and windows will circulate your air and exchange it with the air outside. While this is an easy way to increase your air quality, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and if your community has poor outdoor air quality, due to fire or other circumstances, increased ventilation is not recommended.
- Check and replace your air filters: If you or one of your family members suffer from allergy or asthma, you should keep a vigilant eye on your home’s filters, this is especially true if you have any furry loved ones. Dirty AC filters can actually blow contaminants through your home, so replacing these filters every 2-3 months can keep your indoor air quality healthier.
- Perform regular cleaning: Wiping down your countertops, doorknobs, and frequently used surfaces regularly, as well as vacuuming and sweeping at least once a week, can prevent dust, dander, and pollen from building up. Without regular cleanings, you could be unknowingly kicking around airborne pollutants.
Are you ready to make your home’s indoor air quality a priority? Call our Bozeman experts today at (406) 333-0177 or reach out online!