Here are 9 steps you can take today to improve the air quality in your home:
- Change your air filter
- Turn the fans and vents on
- Invest in a dehumidifier
- Vacuum the house
- Wash your bedding
- Keep the windows closed
- Maintain your HVAC
- Invest in an air purifier or cleaner
- Try out some new house plants
1. Change your AC filter
Perhaps the most effective way you can improve your indoor air quality today is by using the right kind of air filter and then also changing them out on-time and consistently. Air filters are the top way to regularly and consistently eliminate mold, pollen, spores and other contaminants throughout your home or living area. Good air filters keep your home cleaner and they keep you and your family healthier, so don’t delay if it’s time to change it out!
2. Turn the fans and vents on
Running ceiling fans can help promote better air flow within your home, and that’s a part of better indoor air quality! For the sake of your energy bill, only use fans in rooms that are occupied. Fans can help remove moisture from the skin, and should rotate counter-clockwise to pull up cold air from the floor and circulate it throughout the room.
Using ventilation fans can also help promote air circulation. Be sure to install ventilation fans and use them in areas that create lots of moisture, such as your bathroom or your kitchen. Combined, that can really add up and help to control moisture in the air.
Extra tip: Cover your food while cooking—this prevents too much steam from entering the air and creating excess moisture.
3. Invest in a dehumidifier
It’s common to use a dehumidifier in conjunction with your cooling system to remove moisture from the air. They’re typically placed in rooms with more moisture than others such as basements, secluded bedrooms, etc.
Again, if you think moisture is a contributing problem for your IAQ, a dehumidifier pulls air with excess moisture from the room, reprocesses that air and then redistributes it into the room after it has cooled.
4. Vacuum the house
Culprits of good IAQ include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Compounds from certain cleaners
- Other chemicals
- Bacteria and viruses
When you vacuum, it can help to capture these and get rid of them, in particular the dust that may be building up in your space, especially if you are spending more time there than normal right now.
5. Wash your bedding
Next, if you aren’t already, consider washing your bedding at least once a week in hot water to also get rid of potential allergens, pollen, dust, dust mites, and pet dander.
At the very least, this can help you have a more comfortable home, especially if you have pets or if doors or windows have been open, which tends introduce even more allergens. Again, IAQ is all about the little details really adding up, so as simple as this sounds, it makes a difference!
6. Keep the windows closed
It may be nice to have the windows open, but you’re letting in tons of potential air particles when doing so. Pollutants can—and will—get into your home when you open the windows, so keep them shut to do your best to keep them out.
7. Maintain your HVAC
You are constantly going to be battling air culprits, year-round, so never skip on any scheduled maintenance which makes sure your HVAC is doing its best to manage those anyway. If you are regularly maintaining your equipment, especially during times of seasonal change, your system will be able to work against indoor air culprits and too little or too much moisture in the air, as intended. We can never emphasis this enough.
8. Invest in an air purifier or cleaner
It may or may not be needed but air cleaners and/or air purifiers do a lot to protect and preserve our indoor air quality. Air purifiers work to sanitize the air. They typically emit negative ions, ozone, utilizing heat or they use UV or UVC lamps to help sanitize the air. We can thank them for helping us reduce odors and getting rid of things that do, generally speaking, potentially make us sick or worsen allergies.
Air cleaners, on the other hand, work to filter the air. Air cleaners work to “clean” the air and collect the dust—which typically is the larger particles. That also includes pet dander which can be a major source of indoor air quality issues. Many think of their HEPA air cleaner which is a great example of one way we work to protect our health and indoor air quality by using an air cleaner. If you’re wondering if either is it worth it for your home, give us call and we can help you find a solution that’s a fit for your home, system, and lifestyle.
9. Try out some new house plants
Any time you can do natural changes that can improve indoor air quality, we’re all for it, and such is the case with certain house plants. Aloe Vera, Areca Palm, Elephant Ear Philodendron, Lady Palm, Bamboo or Reed Palm, Rubber Plant, Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Corn Plant) and English Ivy are just a few plants that work to help preserve and protect indoor air quality (1). Cacti can also help to eliminate bacteria in some cases and they absorb carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen (2).
Indoor Air Quality – What You’re After
All in all, these steps can help you with these things:
Cleaner air. Vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces helps keep dust and contaminants out of the air. The cleaner the air, the better the quality.
More ventilated air. Keeping the air well distributed and ventilated helps fight off pollutants, so that can’t be neglected, either. Ever experienced stale air? If so, you know that clean air is not the only factor that impacts quality of air or comfort of air.
Reduction of airborne contaminants. Since these contaminants lower our IAQ and can be bad for our health, we want to do what we can to reduce the source and reduce the build-up of these contaminants.
Greater Comfort Is Here To Help Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
With options like top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, we have the tools (and the experience and knowledge) to make your building’s air fresh and clean. We know, now more than ever, it is important to keep your occupant’s healthy and safe.
Get in touch with us today to learn about more ways to combat allergies and to also prevent people from getting sick.
Call the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible. Contact us here or call 859-491-4915.