Did you know that the air quality within your home is likely to be much lower than the air quality outside? It’s true—especially during the colder months! Poor air quality can result in a variety of health issues. As a result, families may try to find ways to improve air quality within their homes. This is particularly important when a family member has seasonal allergies or asthma. If you’re interested in improving the air quality within your home, it’s pretty simple to do. Here’s how to get started.
Conduct an Air Quality Assessment
The best way to check the air quality in your home is to have a professional assessment done. Although hiring a professional service is best, consistently checking these air quality indicators will help you identify and understand any underlying and potentially harmful air quality issues. Other ways the average homeowner can determine their home’s air quality include: purchasing an indoor air quality monitor (IAQ), having a carbon monoxide detector installed, conducting yearly mold inspections, and testing for radon. Here is a list of some of the other things you can do to improve indoor air quality.
Maintain Proper Ventilate
Since the air outside your home is cleaner than the air circulating inside your home, ventilation is key to improving your home’s overall air quality. A great way to ventilate your home is to open the doors and windows. However, while it’s easy to find opportunities to let the fresh air in during the spring and fall months, it isn’t always an option when the temperatures get extremely hot or cold. That’s where a whole-house ventilator comes into play. Using this device can help you improve air quality, limit moisture, and control the temperature in your home.
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Clean Your Air Ducts
Many homeowners make the same mistake—they forget to have air ducts professionally cleaned every one to two years. Your home’s ducts guide air in and out when your system is operating at its peak during the hot and cold months of the year. If they’re dirty, the air you’re breathing inside your home won’t be as clean as it could be. Proper air duct maintenance and cleaning are especially important if you have a large family and/or pets in the home. Clean air ducts will reduce the amount of dust, pet dander, and air-borne allergens circulating in your home.
Clean Your Air Purifier
If you have an air purifier within your home, remember that it should be cleaned regularly as well. When cleaning your air purifier, dust and other particles might be released into the air, so it’s important to wear a protective covering over your face and hands. Also, anyone with severe allergies should leave the room before you start cleaning. Unplug the purifying unit and wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. Depending on the type of air purifier you have, you may be able to gently use a vacuum to clean the filter.
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Use Professional Indoor Air Quality Services
Whether you or a family member suffer from allergies or not, maintaining good indoor air quality is important to your overall health and wellbeing. Aire Serv offers total home comfort solutions, which include improving your home’s air quality. Our technicians are specially trained to help you find the perfect solution for your home so you and your family can breathe easy throughout the year. Contact us today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions.