Tips for Improving the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

August 27, 2021 3:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You spend a lot of time inside your house. You sleep there, eat there, relax there and maybe even work there. Given how much time you spend in your home, it only makes sense that you’d want to do everything you can to make it a comfortable, healthy environment, and one way to accomplish that is to boost your indoor air quality.

The steps you take to improve your home’s air quality don’t have to be drastic. Some preventative maintenance and a few small steps can make a big difference. Your focus should be on minimizing exposure to some common air pollutants, such as dust, dander, mold, smoke and gases.

Here are a few examples of steps you can take toward improving the indoor air quality in your home:

  • Change filters: This is the easiest maintenance step you can perform on your HVAC system, and it’s one that makes a big difference. Eventually your furnace and air conditioning filters will get filled with dust and debris, which will result in their ability to filter the air being hampered. In addition, a dirty air filter will force the equipment to work harder at filtration, which will consume more energy and drive up your electric bills. Change your filters at least once a quarter to get the most efficient and effective operation.
  • Use kitchen vents: A lot of pollutants in the home start in the kitchen, so it’s important to install proper ventilation and to use it while cooking. Gas stoves, for example, can release carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, and electric burners can also produce low levels of harmful emissions. Turn on kitchen vents or open up windows to help freshen the air.
  • Control humidity: Moist, humid air is associated with mold and mildew growth, which can cause or worsen respiratory conditions like allergies and asthma. You might experience greater levels of humidity during the summer, or may even have humid air issues all year long. Use dehumidifiers on your property and ensure you have proper ventilation to prevent humidity from getting out of control. Damp surfaces will turn into breeding grounds for mold, which can trigger respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean other air filters: There are a lot of appliances in your home aside from your HVAC that use air filters. Vacuum cleaners, clothes dryers, kitchen vents and other types of appliances should all have their filters regularly changed or replaced, at least every few months.
  • Bring in plants: Living plants can help improve your home’s air quality, in addition to simply having great aesthetic benefits. The best plants for air quality include ferns, lilies, palm trees and other leafy green plants that thrive indoors and are relatively low maintenance.
  • Clean rugs and carpets: Rugs and carpets can trap a lot of dust and debris, so you should vacuum them regularly and also make it a point to deep clean them once or twice a year so you can keep them smelling fresh.

For more information about improving indoor air quality in your home, contact Calaway Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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