There are a lot of reasons you may want to improve the air quality in your home. Perhaps you simply want the air inside to feel and smell more fresh and clean. Maybe you or a family member are dealing with asthma, allergies, or respiratory issues that are affected by air quality. Whatever your reasons, there are specific things you can do to improve your indoor air quality that go beyond common sense advice like to regularly open your windows to air things out. Here are six ideas for improving your indoor air quality:
Repair Your Heater
If you haven't had your heater inspected by an HVAC professional lately, you should do so. They can make sure your heater is working as efficiently as possible. If your heater is in need of repair it may not be doing a great job of filtering the hot air it circulates through your home. In addition to having your heating system inspected, you should be changing your furnace filters once a month during the older months when your heater is in use.
No Smoking Indoors, Ever
If someone in your home smokes, implement a rule that they are only allowed to smoke outdoors, without exception. Besides the well-established health risks associated with secondhand smoke, smoke tends to linger and dramatically lower your indoor air quality. Cracking a window is not effective enough when it comes to preventing the ill effects of smoking indoors, so your family members will need to adapt and learn to smoke outdoors even when it's cold outside.
Clean Your Ducts
If your ductwork hasn't been professionally cleaned in the last 2-5 years, or you simply suspect it's in need of a good cleaning, call a professional HVAC company to come out and clean it. Dirty ducts allow dust, pet hair, mildew, and other debris to circulate around your home through the heater or AC vents. Having your ducts regularly cleaned is especially important if anyone in your family has asthma or severe allergies.
Add an Air Purifier
Air purifiers do exactly what they say- purify your air. Air purifiers vary dramatically in price points and functionality. Small, portable air purifiers are an affordable option to help clean the air in individual rooms. If you are looking for a more comprehensive, whole house solution, consult with your HVAC company. They will be able to explain your options for adding a whole house air purification system to your current HVAC system.
Mold and mildew in the air have been linked to a variety of health issues. Be on the lookout for signs of water leaks and have them repaired immediately if you notice any. Make sure that your bathroom is well ventilated. If you have a window in your bathroom, it should be opened while you shower to prevent dampness from accumulating and creating the conditions that mold thrives in. If you don't have a window in your bathroom, make sure you have a functioning ventilator fan and be sure to always turn it on when you shower.
A simple and affordable way to help clean your air is to add a variety of indoor plants. Houseplants add oxygen to the air while helping to purify it and clean up excess carbon dioxide. If you are looking for plants that are especially good at cleaning the air, looking online is a good place to start.
The air inside your home doesn't have to be stagnant or full of irritants. By following these tips, you and your family will soon be breathing cleaner, fresher air inside your home. You can also contact a local professional, such as Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc., for more information.