Many of us are concerned about pollutants outdoors, like industrial pollution and car emissions. While these are serious, we should not forget about the severe impact of poor air quality inside of our homes. The air could be filled with mold spores, allergens, pollen, dander, and other irritants you don’t want to be breathing in. How can you improve indoor air quality at your house?
Replace Your HVAC Filter Regularly
The HVAC filters help to get rid of dander, dust, dirt, hair, and other debris that could be circulating inside of your home. When your air has many allergens, your indoor air quality suffers.
Beyond that, your heating and cooling systems will also work harder to heat and cool your home. Change your air filter once every three months or once a month if you have pets, use your system consistently, or have indoor allergies.
Improve Indoor Air Ventilation
Many homes with poor indoor air quality are suffering from inadequate ventilation. When improving ventilation, first look at the existing tools you have available. For example, turn on the bathroom fan when bathing to carry moist air out of the home. When cooking on the stove, use the hood to get rid of cooking smells and moisture. If you are using chemical-based solutions with a strong scent, like paint thinner, do so outside whenever possible.
Use a Home Inspection to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Home inspectors are skilled at identifying issues that may impact your indoor air quality. When completing the inspection, they will focus on things that can contribute to air contaminants, like mold growth or dirty filters. At the end of your home inspection, you will receive a detailed report that covers both the strengths and weaknesses of your home, as well as action items that may help you breathe easier.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Even after you change the filter for your HVAC system, there may still be contaminants inside of the ducts themselves. Have your air ducts professionally cleaned to remove all hair, dust, debris, and dander. This prevents these particulates from circulating throughout your home every time the heater or air conditioner kicks on.
Maintain Proper Humidity Levels
The humidity level inside your home plays a role in your comfort, and it also helps improve indoor air quality. The ideal humidity level for most homes is 30-40% humidity during the fall through spring and 50-60% in the summer. A humidistat can give you a detailed look at moisture in your home. If you find that yours fluctuates dramatically over the year, use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as needed.