What Can I Do to Improve My Home’s Air Quality?

There are many things you can do to improve the air quality in your home with the least amount of cost or effort. Your home’s air quality is important because poor air quality can have a negative impact on your family’s health.

Here are a few tips to improve your home’s air quality.

Change Your AC Filters Regularly

Before replacing the filter, open it and take a look. If the filter’s dirty, there’s no need to replace it before you’ve run several cleaning cycles. Instead, have your air duct cleaner clean the air ducts before you replace the filter. If you have an AC system with vents, be sure to replace filters on all vents in the system to get the maximum benefit from the filtering. Cleaning a filter can save you energy and money because it prevents dirt and allergens from clogging up your heating system.

Check the Air Ducts

As a matter of routine, check the air ducts on your house to make sure they’re not clogged. Even if you can’t see a problem, you may still be breathing harmful particles into your home. Make cleaning your air ducts part of your annual maintenance routine. It’s important for the health and safety of your family members. Hire a professional air duct cleaner to clean your air ducts every few years if you can’t do it yourself. He or she will know how to safely clean your air ducts and find any hidden problems.

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Open Windows and Use Fans

This is a great way to keep allergens and mold spores out of the house when the weather permits. If you have central air conditioning, turn it on for long periods so the return registers can pull fresh outdoor air into your home.

Invest in Good Indoor Air Filters

You can purchase a whole-house air filter that attaches to the furnace or central air conditioning system. The air filter is self-cleaning and helps remove allergens, bacteria, and other pollutants from your home. Make sure you change the filter regularly, otherwise it will become clogged and unable to do its job.

Improve Your Ventilation System

If you have a forced-air heating system, add an outdoor vent or a sunroof over the kitchen range. If you live in a home with central air conditioning, make sure the vents aren’t blocked by furniture and other items. This can cause the air conditioner to work at a lower efficiency.

Ventilation fans will also improve your air quality. Consider adding them to your kitchen and bathrooms to help remove moisture, as well as any harmful particles and gases present in the air. You can also attach them to existing range hoods, or add a fan directly above your stove if you have an electric range.

Install a Whole-House Humidifier

When dry indoor air causes static electricity to build up, it’s time to install a whole-house humidifier. Use fresh water in the humidifier so you don’t spread mold spores into your home. Clean the humidifier regularly and change it when needed. This will help the air in your home feel warmer.

Clean Your Fireplace

If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when you aren’t using it. This will prevent moisture from building up in the flue, which can be a haven for mold spores. Remove ashes and soot regularly and clean your chimney to remove any buildup, too.

Contact Air Pro Mechanical Services to learn more.