1. Whole-Home Ventilation
In order to lower the amount of pollutants in your home, increase the flow of air that enters from the outdoors. This may seem counterintuitive, but often the air inside your home can be more polluted than the outdoor air (depending on where you live).
By keeping fresh air circulating through your home, you are able to decrease the pollutants that collect indoors from stagnant air, moisture, cooking, and chemicals. Utilizing exhaust fans, and even opening the windows when the weather is nice, are easy ways to circulate some fresh air through your home. This step is especially important to take when you are doing activities such as painting or cooking, where pollutants build up quickly in the air.
2. Clean Regularly
Making sure that your home is clean is a great way to maintain good air quality in your home. The floors of your residence tend to collect the most pollutants, so keeping them clean is a large factor in increasing the quality of the air you breathe inside. You can suck up allergens, chemicals, and other pollutants by regularly vacuuming your floors. By following up with a mop, you’ll make sure that any particles that were missed by the vacuum are swept up and removed from your home. Keep in mind that, unless your vacuum has a quality air filter, you’ll simply be blowing the dust and dirt up into the air.
3. Change Air Filters
Your HVAC’s air filters can have a large impact on the air quality inside your home. Because they filter all of the air that moves in and out of all the spaces in your home, make sure that you are using the right filters for your air conditioning system, and also that you are changing the filters out consistently. Although there isn’t a definitive answer on how often you should do so, there are a few guidelines you can follow that can help you figure out the right times to change them.
Your HVAC system is the main unit through which indoor air passes consistently, so making sure that your unit is running efficiently and cleanly is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality. If your filters are too weak, pollutants will pass through easily, whereas if the filter is too strong not enough air will pass through and will put a strain on your HVAC unit.
To make sure that your air conditioning unit is functioning properly, contact a professional to check on your system and perform seasonal maintenance. In doing this, you’ll make sure that your unit is always in top shape, and that your home will remain comfortable and have high-quality air for you to breathe. Contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about improving the quality of air in your home.