How To Improve Indoor Air Quality At Home
The average American spends 21 hours indoors every day, and 16 hours inside our own homes (averaged across a work week and weekends). That’s a huge amount of time, and if your home indoor air quality is suffering, the health of you and your family may be suffering as well.
Air pollutants can come from a range of sources, both inside and outside of your home. Particulates like dust, soil, ash, pollen and smoke are brought into your home, while bioaerosols like mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, viruses and pet dander build up over time in the right environments. Gases serve as pollutants as well, such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, radon and other VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
At H&S Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re indoor air quality experts. Here are some tips to help you improve your home’s indoor air quality, and a few things we can help out with as well. When you’re ready, give us a call.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
One of the most important things to do to improve your indoor air quality is to regularly change your HVAC air filter. Generally, your HVAC filter should be replaced every thirty days, and can be done yourself or by one of our trained technicians. Call us for your filter needs, or stop by the shop.
If you have a stand-alone air conditioner, air purifier or other system, they likely have air filters which also need to be replaced regularly. We can advise you on how often to replace it based on the type of system you have.
Improve Airflow/Clean Air Ducts
Your air ducts deliver heat and air conditioning throughout your home, but if they’re dirty or full of dust and other particulates, those are also being spread throughout your home.
Cleaning air ducts isn’t something the average homeowner can do, but we use a patented process and the powerful RotoBrush to loosen any caked-on dust and scrub your duct walls, then vacuum up the dust.
High humidity (higher than 50%) can significantly contribute to the growth of mold and dust mites. Ideally, humidity should be between 35-45%. To get it there, here are a few tips:
- purchase a humidity measuring tool (hygrometer) to understand where your humidity levels are throughout your home;
- ensure your clothes dryer vent, bathroom fan and range hood all vent outside properly;
- fix any plumbing leaks and address condensation issues; and,
- invest in a quality air conditioner and dehumidifier system to remove moisture from the air.
Service HVAC System
And, of course, get your HVAC system on an annual maintenance schedule. Keeping your HVAC system in good shape will keep your air cleaner, and allow us to spot maintenance issues early, such as humidity levels, dirty air ducts, air filter replacement and others.