A lot of homes fail when it comes to healthy indoor air quality. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” The fact that we spend 90 percent of our time indoors means that health risks can be greater when we’re exposed to indoor air pollution than outside!
How Can You Improve Indoor Air Quality?
Household contaminants can be avoided while improving the air quality in your home with a few simple steps.
1. Change your air filters because houses need to breathe. Your HVAC unit will work harder to compensate for blocked air flow when filters are dirty. This will raise your utility bills and cause your heat exchanger to overheat and shut off too quickly. The dust and debris that should have been filtered out will be re-circulated back into you home. The allergens can be harmful to those that suffer with asthma or other respiratory conditions and having pets in the home will increase dust and debris.
2. Proper ventilation will dilute contaminates in the air. Having proper ventilation means balance so get rid of stagnant, unhealthy air and replace it with the same amount or fresh outdoor air. The doors and windows should be opened when humidity levels and temperature allow. This may however allow allergens to get into your home in the spring and fall.
3. Reduce humidity and mold by using dehumidifiers. When levels of humidity are high in your home, the IAQ is harder to control. Make sure your home is too dry for dust mites to survive. Using a dehumidifier will help in prevent health issues in your home. Having a range of 45% – 55% humidity will maintain health effects and illnesses.
4. Carbon monoxide levels need to be monitored and having alarms in your home can save your life. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless toxic substance. The best way to defend yourself and your family form this potentially deadly substance is to have carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels, like gas, and can happen in heating appliances that are improperly maintained. If a chimney flue is blocked, CO is unable to escape which will cause a high concentration to build up. Make sure to check the batteries in the detectors on a regular basis.
5. Vacuuming on a regular basis will reduce dirt, dust and debris and will significantly reduce allergens that can be harmful as they pollute your home and your lungs. Dust mites are present in the cleanest of homes, in your bedding, drapes, carpets and upholstered furniture. Use vacuums that have special HEPA filters to help with asthma and allergies.
6. HVAC Maintenance. Having an optimally running system improves air quality because when NY NJ A/C Connection does a tune up of your system, we clean the components which means less dirt, dust, bacteria and other contaminants are floating around your heating and cooling system.
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These strategies will keep your indoor air quality healthy but you still need to have your HVAC system looked at once a year to have an air quality test performed. This will find the airborne problems you’re dealing with. Professionals can catch contaminates missed by DIY kits and can design a plan to provide your family the best solution. Call NY NJ AC Connection today to set up an appointment.