When you hear the word pollution, you probably think of traffic jams in big cities. Or maybe you imagine an invisible cloud of dust hovering above downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. What most homeowners don’t consider is their indoor air quality. You spend about 90 percent of your life inside a building, which makes maintaining good indoor air quality vital to your well-being. Follow these steps to enjoy better indoor air quality.
Change the HVAC Filter
A dirty filter doesn’t only strain your HVAC system and cause higher energy and repair bills. It also allows filthy air to recirculate in your home multiple times each day. To help maximize energy efficiency and prevent poor indoor air quality, check your filter every month. You shouldn’t let more than 90 days pass without replacing it.
Invest in an Air Cleaner
While a standard air filter does a good job of filtering particle pollutants like dust and dirt, you need an even more powerful device to remove contaminants like pollen and microbial. An air cleaner is an effective IAQ solution that’s easy to install.
Maintain Good Humidity
Balancing your home’s humidity is important to keep your family healthy and to prevent damage to your property. Use a humidifier in the winter to add moisture to the air and use a dehumidifier in the summer to remove it. Aim for 40-60 indoor humidity.
Install New Ductwork
Your ductwork can contain dirt, dust and microbial growth in large amounts. If your HVAC system’s ducts are old and a breeding ground for particle pollutants, consider investing in a new ductwork installation. Doing so will also help you save energy.
Fair Mechanical offers a wide range of IAQ solutions to help you enjoy better indoor air quality. Contact our team of IAQ experts today to breathe easier and sleep better inside your home.