How to Improve and Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality

How to Improve and Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Many homeowners are not aware that air pollutants inside the home can be significantly higher than those outside of your home. Since air quality directly impacts the health of you and your family, ensuring that the air in your home is clean and pollutant-free should be a top priority to you. Changing air filters throughout the year and keeping your carpets and rug clean can help, but there are more effective steps you can take to improve indoor air quality.

Take Advantage of Air Quality Testing

Prior to taking any measures to improve the air quality in your home, it’s recommended that you first understand the quality of air in your home. This way you can adjust your corrective actions, and choose the most effective treatments. A professional indoor air quality can identify the air quality of your home and then suggest ways to correct any issues.

Keep in mind that many of the contaminants that the Environmental Protection Agency has creating standards for to be considered “safe” focus on bigger air quality issues such as smoking indoors. While these should be a concern to you, you also need to consider addressing air quality contaminants that have been off-gassed or released naturally from things like household products, construction materials, or items stored in your home. Some common indoor contaminants are VOCs (volatile organic compounds), dust and pollen, and even formaldehyde, or Radon. Without getting your air tested, you may not have an accurate idea of what you’re actually dealing with, or how to improve it.

Utilize Ultraviolet Light

While people may be aware of the damage ultraviolet light can cause to your skin, most people are not are of how it can impact air quality in a positive way. When utilized in a closed air filtration system ultraviolet light can be extremely effective in reducing and preventing microorganisms from your home’s ductwork. This makes utilizing ultraviolet light within your air filtration system can be an ideal solution when it comes to improving air quality by purifying, sterilizing, and disinfecting the air within your home environment.

Install Whole-House Air Purifiers

One of the most effective ways to improve the overall air quality of your entire home, is by installing a whole-house air purifier. Whole-house purifiers help by filtering out many of the harmful contaminants and pollutants that may be circulating in the air in your home. It’s ideal to have a whole-house air purifier installed and built right into your home’s HVAC system. This helps to ensure clean air is dispersed evenly throughout your entire home and as an added bonus takes up less space.

Utilize an Electronic Air Cleaner Installation

When air passes through the HVAC system in your, it can carry a lot of other debris like dust, dander, and other particles. These microparticles can create problems for those who suffer from allergies. Installing an electronic air cleaner, which utilizes electrically charged filters to clean the air can drastically reduce the number of harmful contaminants that may be recirculating in your home. These cleaners have a pre-filter that traps larger particles such as dust, pollen, and pet dander. Then, the second electrically charged filter functions to attract and trap smaller microparticles, such as bacteria and mold spores.

These systems may also extend the life of your HVAC system since they may reduce the amount of maintenance needed caused by the buildup of excess debris. Electric air filters are reusable, which for many, is an added benefit.

Install Mechanical Ventilation Systems

Mechanical ventilation systems work by circulating fresh air utilizing ducts and fans. Since they don’t rely on the natural airflow that takes place when air passes through the gaps in your doors and windows, it helps to ensure a consistent flow of fresh air into your house. They can even function as a filtration unit and a dehumidifier, which helps improve the overall air quality within your home.

Schedule Professional Indoor Air Quality Services

Improving and maintaining the overall air quality in your home is an important issue that homeowners should prioritize. Considering the amount of time you and your family spend inside your home, you of course want the air quality to be as clean as possible and not risk any potential health issues that could arise. If you’re unsure about the quality of air in your home, our team can help you address any potential air quality concerns you may have and make recommendations on how to improve it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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