3 Big Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

August 5, 2014

Pollution isn’t limited to the highways and ozone. It’s not always a matter of garbage and waste. It takes on many forms and comes from many sources, the most dangerous of which can be found right inside your home.

The indoor air quality (IAQ) in our homes is a very dynamic thing. It takes constant care and attention to make sure comfort and safety align. You home’s indoor air can become polluted with nasty things like smoke, mold or pollen particles, pet dander, allergens, bacteria, and more. Poor indoor air quality won’t only affect allergies and allergies; it can potentially lead to more serious respiratory conditions and health problems.

So how can you take steps to improve your indoor air healthy? These three simple steps can get you on the right path, and best of all: they can be done in one day!

  1. Replace your heating & cooling system’s filter every month. You would be surprised how many homeowners neglect this crucial change. And while making it a monthly routine might not seem important, it’s a small price to pay for year-round health benefits. Forego the inexpensive system filters and opt for a better quality air filter. It will not only deliver healthier air, but it will also improve the lifespan of your HVAC system. Consider choosing a high-efficiency HEPA filter if an occupant of the household suffers from severe allergies. Our HVAC technicians can recommend the right types of filters for your particular system.
  2. Select low-emitting furnishings & floor coverings. Did you know that carpet, paint, furniture and electronic equipment emit VOCs, formaldehyde and other dangerous fumes into your indoor air? Protect your family and select natural, low-emitting materials for painting, furnishing, and maintaining your home. Always wear protective eyewear and breathing masks when undertaking any major home project that uses dangerous chemicals of any kind.
  3. Make Routine Cleaning a Habit. Disease-causing particles, dust, and dander won’t be able to impact your health if you remain proactive in your home cleaning efforts. Take steps to ensure that a monthly or bi-weekly quick clean plan is in action. Get the whole family involved and delegate a few set chores for everyone to accomplish. Make a point to clean as you go, be it with home projects, cooking, or any other mess-causing scenario. You will be surprised just how much time it can save in the long run. Also think about purchasing an air cleaner or germicidal UV lamp to remove excess particulates from your home’s air. These devices can boost the effectiveness of your home comfort system, and require little additional maintenance.

Proper HVAC maintenance and regular duct cleaning are other good ways to enhance Indoor Air Quality. At Harrell King, we specialize in the cleaning, sealing and replacement of professional ductwork. Learn more today about our indoor air quality cleaning, ventilation, and replacement services and email us for more expert care!

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