Healthy Living: How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home


improve air qualityThere are so many different things that a homeowner has to keep up with in order to keep their residence and all of its systems running smoothly. Without a lot of hard work, it will be nearly impossible for a homeowner to avoid issues within their home. One of the biggest concerns that a homeowner should have is the air quality they have. There are a variety of factors that can affect the air quality in a home like issues among many others. Here are some things that a homeowner can do to improve air quality in their home.

It Starts With the Air Filters

An air conditioner will take the air on the outside of a home and then convert it into cooler air for the home to use. During this process, a lot of allergens are filtered out by the air filter in the unit. Neglecting to change the air filter can lead to a variety of different issues that can compromise the air quality. Replacing the filter on a regular basis should be part of your regular home maintenance schedule and will not only improve the quality of air but the efficiency and life of your air conditioning system.

Getting the Air Ducts Cleaned Will Improve Air Quality

Another common source of allergens in a home are the air ducts. The longer that these air ducts go without proper cleaning, the harder it will be for a homeowner to avoid a lot of dust and pollen. Instead of the air quality in a home suffering, the homeowner will have to take the time to find the right professionals to clean their ducts. Attempting to do this type of work without the right experience and tools will be disastrous and will usually lead to a homeowner having to spend even more money.

Maintaining Your A/C System

Properly maintaining your air conditioning system not only will add years of life to your system, it will improve the operating efficiency and quality of the air indoors.  Yearly maintenance should include cleaning of evaporative and condenser coils, check and adjust thermostat, condenser fan motor, condensate drain, controls, lubricate moving parts, adjust coolant level, etc.  Be sure to hire a licensed contractor for AC repair or maintenance and ask to have an inspection report of the work performed.

Dust on a Regular Basis

Regardless of how often a homeowner has their duct work cleaned, there will always be a small amount of dust to deal with. By taking the time to dust on a regular basis, a homeowner will be able to reduce the amount of particles floating around in their air and improve air quality. There are a number of green products on the market that can make dusting much easier and less time-consuming. Researching the various products on the market will allow a homeowner to keep their home cleaner without having to spend a lot of time in the process.

Other Ways to Improve Air Quality

It is estimated that the average american household uses household products and goods that contain over 60+ chemical compounds and many of these chemicals find there way into the air we breath.  There are many environmentally safe cleaning products on the market that can make a dramatic difference in the quality of air. Another easy way to cut down on airborne dust is to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter that filters out pollutants from exhaust air. Mold and dust mites can be a major indoor air pollutant and the best way to reduce your risk is to keep humidity to no more than 30-50% by using a dehumidifier or air conditioner.  And finally, the best way to keep the air clear is to install and use a portable room HEPA air filter.

Changing the air filter in your air conditioner, dusting regularly, and selecting the right professionals to help with this type of work is vital to improving indoor air quality. 

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