What Are My Options If I Have Poor Indoor Air Quality in My Home?
Poor air quality can lead to a number of health problems. Those who are already afflicted by asthma, allergies or other lung ailments often find their conditions worsened. Even those who were not previously affected by these problems can find that poor-quality indoor air increases their risk of developing a variety of illnesses.
It makes sense, therefore, that people strive to keep their home air quality as healthy as possible. The good news is, if you have poor indoor air quality, there are several techniques you can use to improve their indoor air. Here are some great ways to get started.
Working With What is Already in the House
The first step towards improving the air quality is to work on improving what is already in your home. For example, many homes do not have their air ducts and vents cleaned regularly. These systems often end up collecting considerable amounts of dust, allergens, and dirt, which it then spreads as the air travels through it. Having these systems cleaned can make a considerable difference in air quality.
Similarly, make sure that your HVAC system is properly cleaned and cared for as well. Most systems have filters that can get clogged over time. Not cleaning the filter can cause the machine to work harder and spread pollutants around the house. Since pollution levels tend to be much lower outside, airing out the house regularly during nice weather can also help freshen the environment.
Finally, do everything possible to reduce the amount of dirt brought into the home, by taking steps such as removing shoes before entering the main living quarters and putting mats outside of the doors.
Investments to Make to Improve Air Quality
Some homeowners may find that cleaning out their existing systems does not suffice when it comes to improving their air quality to their standards. For these customers, investing in an air purifier or air filtration system tends to be the best way to get clean air. These systems do an impressive job at eliminating most pollutants in the air, such as the HEPA machine, which can remove particulates as small as .3 microns. Air filtration or purification systems come in a range of sizes and capacities depending upon the needs of the household.
Keeping a home clean and healthy does not only involve dusting and vacuuming. Paying attention to the indoor air quality is an important way to keep everyone healthy. Take the time to properly clean all air systems and filters, but also consider investing in an air filtration system. These systems can make an enormous difference in the indoor air quality. Speak with a Blanton’s Heating and Air specialist today to properly weigh the various options and develop a personalized solution.