Do you want to be breathing the best and cleanest air possible inside your home? This seems like a no brainer, but it’s not something you may think about or ensure that you’re doing. When it comes to indoor air quality, there are some simple solutions for making sure more fresh air is circulating throughout your home. Here are some tips to improve your air quality and to reduce pesky household contaminants.
Minimize Chemical Pollutants
- Avoid smoking indoors. Smoking can build up inside your chimney and flue’s, adding to your risk and your family’s risk of lung cancer. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of indoor pollutants.
- Minimize the use of harsh cleaners, air fresheners and aerosol sprays.
- Perform activities such as paint stripping, gluing, painting, sanding and rock polishing outside if you can. These activities may create high levels of pollution.
- Always choose low-emitting products
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Opening doors and windows can help with ventilating your home during the cooler months. But be mindful of outdoor allergens during the spring seasons.
- Make sure you’re changing your air filters on a regular basis. When your air filter is clogged, your air handler must work harder to compensate for the blockage of airflow. Clogged air filters contribute to unhealthy air. Changing your HVAC air filter according to your manufacturer’s recommendations could prevent serious problems.
- Fuel burning furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, range tops, exhaust fans and other appliances should be vented to the outside, away from windows, heating ventilation and HVAC intakes.
Control Moisture and Biological Contaminants
- Keep your home dry by controlling humidity levels to less than 60%; use dehumidifiers if necessary and clean your dehumidifier frequently.
- Repair any and all leaks in a prompt manner.
- Run bathroom fans while showering to reduce moisture build up.
- Be aware of any molds, mildews, fungi and bacteria that could be growing in damp and dark conditions. Clean these areas or call a mold specialist if you believe it could a serious issue such as black mold.
- Houseplants can improve indoor air quality by filtering carbon dioxide, but over watering your plants can encourage mold growth.
Have your home checked by our HVAC Technicians Annually
If you are concerned about the quality of air in your home, it can benefit you to have WG Speeks Professional HVAC technicians perform an air quality test to help you figure out what kind of airborne problems may exist. Call us today at 804.276.2800 for any of your AC issues, Air Duct Cleaning or HVAC Repair and Installation needs and see why we’ve been the reliable Richmond, VA heating and air conditioning experts since 1943.