According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside your home could be two to five times dirtier than the air outside and might be as much as 100 times dirtier. Poor air quality can have a major effect on health and quality of life, but the good news is there’s plenty you can do when it comes to improving indoor air quality. Read on to learn some strategies to use in your home.
Eliminate or Reduce Sources of Indoor Pollution
This includes chemical-based cleaners, air fresheners and other household products, as well as products, carpeting or furniture that contain or emit volatile organic compounds.
During nice weather, open windows and doors to allow an easy exchange of fresh outside air with stuff, dirty indoor air. Throughout the year, use exhaust fans in rooms or areas where air gets especially dirty or muggy, including bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry room. When you’re not running the A/C or furnace, set the thermostat to “on” or “fan only” so air continues to circulate through your home. More aggressive ventilation steps may be warranted, such as installing heat or energy recovery ventilation, or a whole-house fan.
Control Humidity in Your Home
A muggy, damp interior can lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as associated threats to your health. If your air conditioner isn’t controlling indoor humidity, it probably needs servicing. You might also consider a whole-house dehumidifier to supplement your A/C’s humidity control.
Regular Cleaning Is Important
Vacuuming and dusting frequently will remove many of the pollutants that become airborne in your home, such as cloth fibers, dust mites, pet and human dander, mold spores and pollen.
Use a High-Efficiency Air Filter in Your HVAC System
Read the label carefully and find an air filter that’s rated to remove the smallest airborne particulates and will not restrict air flow. You may also consider a dedicated air cleaning system for your home, either incorporated into the HVAC system or a standalone unit. Inspect the air filter every month and change it when it’s dirty.
For more advice on improving indoor air quality in your Amarillo area home, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning.
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