This is one of our favorite questions! Many homeowners don’t realize that not only can their indoor air quality be worse than the quality of air outdoors, but indoor air quality is about so much more than the temperature of their home in any given season.
Indoor air quality refers to the level of, or lack thereof, contaminants, humidity, and more. Read on as we uncover some ways that you can improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Replace Old Filters
We aren’t just talking about your HVAC air filters here. Don’t get us wrong, you should be changing these out, every 1-3 months. But these filters are in place to protect your HVAC systems, not your indoor air. They certainly help with indoor air quality, it’s just that this isn’t their sole purpose.
Now, if you have an air filtration system or an air purifier, which we’ll talk about more in a moment, there are air filters in these systems that should be replaced every once in a while too. The frequency will depend on the type of system setup you have, and our team can help!
Air Purifier and Air Filter Installation
There are a number of different types of air purifiers on the market. Two of the most commonly found air purifiers are the whole-house electronic air purifier, and the whole-house UV air purifier.
Electronic air purifiers pull particles such as dust, allergens, and other particles such as cooking fumes and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) out of the air and onto a surface to be cleaned off.
UV air purifiers, also called germicidal UV lights, are installed directly into your ductwork and eliminate potentially harmful bacteria and microorganisms, including mold, mildew, and viruses–all before they even have the chance to enter your indoor air.
Don’t Forget to Check Your Ducts!
We don’t expect you to do this on your own! In fact, when we say check your ducts, we mean you should have a qualified professional, such as a member of our team, check your ductwork.
We provide duct testing and sealing for ductwork that may have holes and tears in it from years of use. We also provide duct cleaning. This service should be done every few years to prevent too much dust and debris buildup from occurring inside the ducts and affecting your indoor air.
Consider Humidifiers or Dehumidifiers
Did you know that the ideal humidity level in any given home is between 30-50%? Anything under this range is considered too dry, and anything above it is considered too humid. Either direction, anything out of this range can cause property damage and health problems.
This is why you should talk to our team about the installation of a whole-house humidifier and/or whole-house dehumidifier. Sure, you can get portable systems, but these really aren’t comprehensive–they’re great for a room or two at best. For comprehensive coverage, you’ll want to look into a whole-house system.