Tips for the best home indoor air quality
Did you know that 90% of our lives are spent indoors? While the past few years have moved us in a strong direction of working from home, everyone who shares your space- whether at home or work- can benefit in a big way by having cleaner air.
Fortunately, there are several ways to combat common pollutants leaving behind healthier and more breathable air. Even the most commonplaces can release or trigger poor air quality conditions.
Here is a roundup of common air pollutants and what you can do to help maximize better indoor air quality.
- Change your air filters – We should be changing our air filters every 30-60 days. If your air filters become clogged, your system might not work properly.
Additionally, pets trigger dander in enclosed spaces and can bring in a heaping amount of dust and debris. Who wants dusty air and debris floating through their house anyways?
- Use a dehumidifier in the summer and humidifier in the winter – Dehumidifiers in the summer lead to lower allergy occurrences and asthma attacks. Additionally, they help with removing mildew and mold to help keep the air quality under control.
If humidity isn’t where it should be, your skin starts to dry, and your eyes will start watering and itching. Humidifiers also help prevent wooden furniture and floors from shrinking and cracking. Keep that humidity under the 50% mark for maximum comfort.
- Check your ventilation – Poor ventilation can result in causing your HVAC system to work harder and faster. While increasing a strain on your system, it uses more energy therefore increasing your utility bill.
Try opening windows- this will help circulate fresh air as well as reduce indoor pollutants. As our energy and electric bills are currently rising, we want to be doing everything we can to eliminate waste with harder working HVAC systems.
- Keep your workspace clean – We are all guilty of this unfortunately. While we all have busy jobs and lives, it’s easy to forget about the dust piling up under our stack of paperwork or mouse pads and laptops. Do yourself as well as others who share your space a service and clean up!
Ditch the feather duster! Clean, sanitize, vacuum…whatever you feel is a necessary component to keeping your health and the health of others around you a safe space for healthy air.
Maintaining your systems, filters and vents are vital for keeping your home clean in addition to keeping yourself and whoever shares your workspace healthy… Give us a call at 253-336-3777 for an HVAC contractor to inspect your systems and make sure you are taking the right steps towards cleaner air.