Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the level of air pollution inside a dwelling. When the IAQ is poor, there’s a greater chance of you or a family member becoming sick. Among the common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, eye irritation, and breathing trouble. Long-term exposure to indoor toxins can lead to even more serious health problems, including cancer and respiratory diseases. Here are a few easy ways to improve your home’s IAQ.
Routinely Replace Air Filters
It’s important to routinely replace your HVAC filter; designed to trap dust and other airborne contaminants. While some filters are rated to last for 30 days, others need to be changed every three months. If you fail to replace a dirty filter, this can definitely cause more pollutants to circulate throughout the home.
Install an Air Purification System
An air purification system may prove to be one of your best home investments. These appliances are especially beneficial for families who suffer from allergies and asthma. Within only 24 hours of installing an air purification system, IAQ levels should noticeably improve. They feature special HEPA filters, which can capture up to 99.9 percent of impurities in the air. This includes dust mites, mold, and viruses.
Get a Dehumidifier
During the summer, indoor humidity levels often rise. The air tends to hold more moisture. Aside from forcing your cooling system to work harder, high humidity also causes IAQ to worsen. Not only will a damp environment attract dust mites, but it also increases the risk of respiratory infections. Experts recommend opening your windows for at least 20 minutes a day and running ventilation fans while showering to reduce humidity levels. However, you may ultimately need to get a dehumidifier. It will help keep the overall humidity in your dwelling at an optimal level throughout the day.
Every few years, it’s a good idea to have your air ducts professionally inspected. Over time, HVAC ducts can develop leaks. Upon turning on the HVAC system, dusty air will be blown all over your home. These leaks can also allow mold to creep inside. Duct sealing can dramatically improve your IAQ.
When it comes to maintaining high IAQ, regular housekeeping is of the utmost importance. Any rugs or carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week. To help prevent mildew from growing, spills need to be cleaned up right away. Also, don't forget to wash your drapes.
If you’re concerned about your home’s IAQ, be sure to contact us at American Mechanical. We offer several effective solutions that will create a healthier environment for your family.