It’s Time To Make Sure Your Indoor Air Quality Is Clean
When was the last time you cracked open a window or propped open a door in your home to let the fresh air in? When temperatures go from cold to hot and back again in mere days, it can feel like you go from using your furnace to air conditioner and back again without a break in between.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, studies show that the air within our homes can be more dangerous than the air we breathe outside. And when we leave our homes shut up tight because of extremes in outside temperatures, the indoor air pollutants continue to rise.
What can you do to reduce indoor air pollutants? How can you ensure your indoor air quality is clean?
Crack open the windows from time to time. Especially if you have a newer home, the seal can be so tight your home never has a chance to breathe. The same indoor air is circulated over and over again. By opening a window from time to time, you’re allowing fresh air access to your indoor air.
Clean your floors. This might sound overly simple; you clean on a regular basis. Yet cleaning your floors is the easiest way to pick up dust, dirt, and other pollutants that settle onto your floors. Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming are the surest ways to keep these pollutants from entering your air supply.
Use your furnace blower to circulate the air. If you allow it to operate all the time, you’ll ensure the air supply runs through your intake and back out of your home. You should also change out your air filter more frequently to keep dust and biological growth away from your air supply. If you haven’t had a regular service call in a while, call in a professional to ensure your system is operating as efficiently as possible.
Keep your ventilation system clean. There’s more to your HVAC system than just your air conditioner and heater. The ventilation system allows air to flow throughout your home, from room to room. The goal of your ventilation system is balance. It pulls in fresh air and filters it and replaces it with an equal amount of stagnant air already in your room. If this system isn’t clean, you’ll never introduce clean air into your home.
Reduce humidity and biological growth potential with exhaust fans. Humidity accumulates in certain environments like your bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends indoor humidity levels between 30 to 60 percent. If your home isn’t between that range, it may benefit you to add or replace your exhaust fans and add in a home humidifier to ensure a comfortable level inside your home.
Have a home energy audit. If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, schedule an energy audit with one of our professionals. We can test the equipment inside your home and make suggestions for improvements or additions.