Indoor air quality is important because it could affect you and your family’s health and comfort. The US Environmental Protection Agency has conducted several studies which have demonstrated that indoor air pollution is a major issue for millions of Americans.
Poor indoor air quality isn’t always immediately noticeable, as it can often be concealed by air fresheners or the calm, comfortable air distributed by your AC unit. It’s therefore important to understand the ways in which indoor air quality can be affected. In this article, we’re going to focus on five tips for good indoor air quality:
1. Change Your HVAC Filters at Regular Intervals
You should aim to have the filters on your HVAC system changed regularly to prevent dust, animal hair, and other pollutants from circulating around your indoor air. If your HVAC filters become clogged, this can interrupt airflow and speed up the buildup of pollutants indoors.
2. Arrange to Have Your Air Conditioning System Serviced
In addition to changing the filters on your HVAC system, it’s important to ensure that it is functioning correctly. We recommend arranging for a service every 6-12 months, as this can prevent your system from falling into disrepair or needing to be replaced. It will also allow our engineers to highlight any ways in which you can keep your air conditioning system running optimally, or advise on any preventative measures you can take to increase the longevity of your unit.
2. Ensure Your Home Is Adequately Ventilated
While HVAC systems are great for circulating fresh, clean air around the home, you might also want to open your windows from time to time. In addition to this, you should regularly check any air vents in your property to ensure they have not become blocked. It can be all too easy to place things like storage boxes, cabinets, or other furniture in front of the air vents around the home, and this can cause disruptions to air circulation in the property.
3. Use Professional Air-Cleaning Devices
Commercial-grade equipment like dehumidifiers and air purifiers are a great way to improve air quality levels. These devices can work in tandem with your HVAC system to ensure air quality is at its best, although be certain to empty them and replace the filters as and when required.
4. Conduct an Air Test
Indoor air testing will provide you with the insights needed to improve your indoor air quality. There are various air tests available to check for humidity levels, mold content, odors, ventilation, airflow, and more. Once you’ve received the results, you’ll be in a better position to make a decision on how to improve the air quality in your home.
5. Keep Your Home Clean
Regular vacuuming and dusting can help prevent allergens from getting into your system and being recirculated. This could also help to prolong the life of your HVAC system, as it won’t have to deal with such heavy loads of dust and dirt.