Poor indoor air quality can often be one of the most overlooked issues in your home and if not monitored properly, it can also be extremely detrimental to your long-term health. Luckily, it is a fairly simple problem to fix.
A few recent statistics released by the Environmental Protection Agency highlight the importance of having clean air inside your home, and stated that most Americans spend close to 90% of their time indoors. The identified health problems linked to the poor indoor air quality inside your home are headaches, breathing issues, allergies, and even asthma.
As we continue to spend more time indoors, avoiding health issues and understanding how to keep your indoor air clean has become increasingly more important.
Some of the main issues that can affect your indoor air quality are germs, allergens, airborne chemicals, humidity imbalances, and noxious odors.
Let’s discuss five small changes you can make to your home today to ensure you are doing everything to combat these issues and keep the air you breathe clean.
An air purifier is an excellent way to filter out the majority of the airborne chemicals and allergens that pollute the air in your home.
You can simply purchase a mobile air purifier to place in different areas of your home, or you can have one installed directly into your HVAC system that will purify the air throughout your home. Art suggests choosing the latter option if you really want to make sure you are creating the best indoor air quality for your family, as these types of systems can kill up to 90 percent of germs and bacteria in the air, making it far more efficient.
At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, we can provide you with an IQAir® Whole Home air filtration system that cleans the air in your home up to 125 times per day, leaving you feeling confident in your home’s indoor air quality.
Another great addition to fixing your home’s indoor air quality is to invest in a dehumidifier.
Living in a hot and humid climate can result in a lot of dampness and moisture, which can result in humidity imbalances that lead to the growth of mold. Having mold grow in your home can severely affect your family’s health so it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent this from happening. Not only is the growth of mold bad for your health but it can also cause a very musky smell, which can be off-putting for guests.
Art recommends installing a whole-home dehumidifier to fix your home’s indoor air quality and prevent the growth of mold. A home dehumidifier that is connected to your HVAC system is extremely beneficial as it can extract up to 135 pints of water per day, allowing the humidity levels in your home to be at a comfortable level that won’t produce mold.
Investing in a smart thermostat that integrates with your air purification system can be a great way to monitor and treat your home’s indoor air quality levels when needed.
A smart thermostat can monitor the overall air quality throughout the home and trigger the air purification system when levels are low. The same can be done with monitoring humidity levels if the smart thermostat is connected to the home dehumidifier and turn it on only as needed.
A smart thermostat is useful for families with busy schedules and is a great long term investment as it will end up decreasing your overall energy costs associated with your HVAC system.
Another statement released by the EPA stated that indoor air is found to be five times more polluted than the outside air. This means that we shouldn’t be afraid to let some natural airflow throughout the home when the weather allows it.
Some natural ventilation tips include opening up a bedroom window at night, investing in screen filters for your windows to keep bugs or other pollutants out, and opening your windows and doors during activities like painting, that can emit harmful pollutants.
To better ensure you are doing your best to keep your indoor air quality clean, it is also important to keep the inside of your home clean.
Art recommends using a vacuum with a HEPA filter at least once a week to reduce indoor air pollutants. It is also recommended to use disinfectant wipes on your kitchen and bathroom counters to destroy any germs that could be picked up by your kids.
Taking care of your indoor air quality is an important step in making sure your family is staying healthy. Our Home Comfort Specialists can inspect your home’s indoor air quality needs and provide our professional advice and air quality services. Don’t compromise on your family’s health, call us today at 1-800-475-1504 to make sure your home is equipped with everything you need to have clean indoor air.
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