Indoor Air Quality & Air Filtration
Dust and dirt are easy to see, but how can you tell if the air in your home is dirty? We spend up to 90% of our time at home indoors, so it’s important to know we have clean air especially since air quality can be 2-5 times worse than outdoors!
There are two ways to improve your home’s air quality on your own:
- Reducing contaminations
- Improving ventilation
The easiest step to take to improve your home’s air quality is to remove contaminants at the source. Some easy steps would include things such as:
- Smoking outdoors instead of indoors
- Minimizing the use of harsh chemical products, and/or switching to all natural versions
- Removing your shoes at the front door to minimize dirt and other contaminants from being tracked around the house
- Keep your home dry, so run the bathroom fan when taking a shower and use a dehumidifier if the relative humidity in your home is high
Bringing outdoor air inside will keep fresh air flowing through your home and prevents contaminants from building up inside. Most HVAC systems do not bring in fresh air, so it’s important to do it yourself. Some steps to take include:
- Opening doors and windows when the temperature and season allows – if you have seasonal allergies, be mindful of letting pollen and anything else you’re allergic to inside your home!
- Make sure any fans used with appliances (e.g. stove, dryer) are properly vented to the outside and they remain clear of any blockages
- Follow the manufacturers recommendations and replace the filters for your furnace and air conditioner as needed
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Products to Improve Air Quality
Whole House Air Filtration Systems
These systems are designed to bring outdoor air to inside your home, and also keep a consistent airflow through the home to keep the air clean and move contaminants outside. These types of ventilation systems are best geared towards new construction. The reason why is because it can be very costly to improve an old building to where it needs for a system like this to operate effectively.
Air Cleaning Systems
These range from small table top units to whole-house systems that tie into your house’s HVAC system. If you’re in an area that has a lot of pollutants, you’ll need a stronger system that a small air cleaning unit. The options are nearly endless, but we can answer your questions, learn what you’re looking for, then provide a short list of recommendations that work for your current situation.
If you have any questions on the content above, please contact a comfort specialist with Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning today!