How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Did you know the average home’s air contains two to five times more pollutants than the air outside?

The Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. With pollen and other seasonal allergens on the rise, now is the time to start improving your home’s air quality.

9 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

So, you know that poor air quality is bad business, but what can you do to improve the quality of the air in your home? Lots. And your air conditioning system is your biggest ally.

These tips will help you ensure your AC is ready to fight allergens and improve your home’s air quality.

1. Ventilation

Proper ventilation inside your home is one of the most important requirements for clean air and good indoor air quality. However, many newer homes are built to be air-tight, meaning they do not ventilate well to the outdoors.

To propertly ventilate a house, the AC system must efficiently circulate fresh air while removing dirty air and keeping it out. If too little outside air makes its way into the home, then pollutants can begin to pile up and cause problems.

Outdoor air must be circulated into the home to dilute harmful pollutants. If there is a lack of ventilation in the home, then the air often seems stuffy, moisture accumulates easily, and mold and mildew will be likely to appear.

While opening windows and doors can help, Tampa Bay area’s tropical climate can make that solution less than ideal.

A professional air conditioning technician can make sure your home’s HVAC system is properly ventilated to allow for consistent airflow.

2. Change Your Air Filters

Air filters play a critical role in indoor air quality.

Clogged, dirty filters restrict the airflow and allow particulate matter to travel through the duct system into the indoor environment.

Filters should be changed or cleaned on a monthly basis, and installing a filter with a minimum MERV 7 efficiency is recommended.

3. Preventive AC Maintenance

Think about your air conditioning system for a minute. All of the cool air that comes from the air vents in your home originated from outside. Your air conditioning system pulls air from the outside and with a little magic (ok, so it’s more technical than that) produces cool air.

During this process, your AC system filters the air before dispersing it throughout the rooms in your home so it’s free of pollution. But there’s a catch. To remove pollutants and keep your air clean and healthy, your air conditioning system needs to be running efficiently.

Preventative maintenance will ensure that your AC is keeping the indoor air fresh and removing any dirty, polluted air from your home.

4. Clean Your Air Ducts

Before the air in your home reaches your lungs, it flows through a system of ducts and filters. Over time, as air circulates through your HVAC system, dust, dirt, pet dander, and other pollutants build up in your air ducts.

To prevent these allergens from polluting the air you breathe, it is important to change your filter monthly and have a professional technician clean your air ducts. Duct cleaning technicians use a commercial-grade vacuum system and anti-microbial solution to clean the ductwork so the air is contaminant free and fresh.

5. Use a UV Lamp

The interior of an air conditioner is a perfect place for mold and other biological organisms to flourish. UV lamps use ultraviolet light tuned to a specific wavelength to kill bacteria, viruses, and other toxins at the source.

Ultraviolet lights interfere with the reproductive cycle of mold spores, greatly reducing the amount of mold that builds up in your system. A UV light in your air handler will reduce the occurrence of mold, bacteria and other organisms that worsen allergies. Talk to an air conditioning technician about how a UV light can improve your indoor air quality.

6. Install a Central Humidifier

When relative humidity falls below 30%, particulate matter lingers in the air where it can irritate sensitive nasal passages.

Central humidifiers work in combination with an HVAC system to introduce a controlled amount of steam or atomized mist into the ductwork so the indoor environment maintains a healthy level of humidity.

7. Stop Smoking Indoors

One of the most important things you can do to improve indoor air quality is by making sure your home is free of smoke.

Secondhand smoke is related to a myriad of health risks and children are particularly vulnerable. In fact, according the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who did not previously exhibit symptoms.

For children and adults who have asthma, smoking inside can trigger attacks so make sure no one smokes inside the home.

8. Clean and Dust Regularly

Dust, dander, pet fur and the like are big perpetrators when it comes to poor indoor air quality. This is an issue for people with asthma who rely on quality indoor air to be able to breathe easily.

To ensure good indoor air quality, get into the habit of dusting home surfaces about once a week. It’s also a good idea to vacuum carpets and rugs once a week to ensure there’s no dust, allergens, or other asthma triggers lurking beneath.

9. Avoid Using Scented Candles

We all love a nicely-scented candle, but they can do more harm than good when it comes to improving indoor air quality.

Lighting candles for romance or aromatherapy can be something we do without a second thought. But what if there’s a downside to having candles burning soothing fragrances around your home? Could this be affecting your air quality?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), around 34% of people with asthma reported health problems after using air fresheners or scented candles. This is because many candles contain volatile organic compounds that can trigger attacks.

Burning candles can emit pollutants like toluene, acetone, benzene, and styrene into the air.

Candle soot is known to discolor walls, furniture, as well as polluting your home’s ventilation system. Soot is the source of the bright whitish-yellow light that candles emit. If a candle doesn’t contain soot, the flame will burn blue.

Reduce the risk of poor indoor air quality and go scentless.

Climate Design Provides Complete Air Quality Solutions

The environment in your home should bring you safety and comfort, not sneezing fits and headaches. Living with asthma can be scary, but you can greatly reduce the risk of an attack by ensuring your home has good indoor air quality.

At Climate Design, we understand the importance of helping homeowners maintain a healthy and safe indoor environment. That’s why our products and services are designed to improve both the comfort and quality of the air in your home. Our professional technicians can take several different approaches to improve your home’s air quality.

Contact us to learn more about the many available products and services designed to remediate even the most difficult air quality problems and keep your family healthy.

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