10 Tips To Improve Home Indoor Air Quality
November 22, 2021
Thanks to innovations in modern-day home insulation and sealants, along with more Americans staying indoors due to Covid-19, the phrase "get some fresh air" has more meaning than ever before. Unfortunately, the air circulating inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside.
You may not see indoor air pollution, but it could still be causing issues in your home. Several health effects are linked to poor indoor air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollutants can cause severe illness for high-risk groups such as the elderly, young children, and anyone with certain preexisting illnesses.
Below are ten tips to improve the indoor air quality inside your home so you can live worry-free!
Keeping your home clean can help reduce the amount of dust, allergens, and other pollutants you kick up into the air as you move around your home. However, it's important to remember to only clean with natural products, as many cleaners can contain harmful chemicals.
- Changing your HVAC Filters
Your HVAC unit is responsible for circulating air throughout your home. If you don't change your filter regularly, you could be circulating already polluted air. In most cases, using a HEPA filter will give you the best results. Contact a certified HVAC technician to find out which filter best suits your unit and lifestyle.
- Air Duct Cleaning
Dirty air ducts can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Your air ducts can collect dust, mold, and even disease-causing microbes from vermin dander and insect droppings. To check your air ducts, remove your vents and take a peek inside; call Mohr AC immediately if you notice any of the issues mentioned above.
- Portable Air Purifiers
A portable air purifier can be a game-changer when it comes to indoor air quality. Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes and can fit almost any need. When shopping for an efficient purifier, the clean air delivery rate (CADR) will indicate which size purifier to buy. The higher the CADR, the larger area it will serve.
Pets are valuable and loving members of your family, but their fur traps dust and allergens, leading to increased contamination in your home. Consistently grooming and bathing your pets can help decrease the number of pollutants they carry with them.
Suppose you don't live near a highway or other high pollutant-filled areas. Then, one of the more straightforward ways to improve your home's indoor air quality is by opening your windows and doors on mild days throughout the year.
Mold and mildew thrive in hot, humid conditions. A dehumidifier can help you regulate your home's humidity levels and prevent pesky growth.
- Air Fresheners
Air Fresheners may make your home smell better, but the harsh reality is that most of them contain harmful chemicals that only make things worse. Opt for a high quality air cleaner instead. It will remove the odor far better than the freshener.
Plants are natural air filters. Having a few around your home will help you get rid of pollutants in an honest and hassle-free way!
- Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is not detectable by smell, color, or taste and can be deadly if not discovered immediately. Therefore, be sure that you are checking senor batteries regularly.
By following these tips, your home's indoor air quality will be better than ever. If you have any questions on indoor air quality or are interested in scheduling a visit from one of our indoor air quality specialists, give us a call!