How clean is the air inside your home? Many people are surprised to learn that it can be more polluted than the air outside, according to Environmental Protection Agency studies. Dust and allergens collect in ductwork and are continually redistributed throughout the home. Considering that most of us spend about 90% of our time indoors, indoor air quality is worth some serious consideration. The good news is that several tools — a dehumidifier, an air purifier, a smart thermostat and the air filter in your HVAC system — can greatly improve the air quality in your home and help you and your family breathe easier.
1. Ventilate your home
Sometimes simple, old-fashioned solutions are the best. When the weather permits, open windows to allow fresh are in and stale, dirty air out.
2. Clean your home regularly
Regular cleaning improves indoor air quality. This includes dusting and vacuuming your home once or twice a week. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and vacuum air vents as well as floors and upholstery. Buy allergen-resistant covers for your mattresses and pillows; change and wash sheets weekly to eliminate dust mites. Groom pets to remove hair and dander that collects particularly in winter when even four-legged family members spend more time indoors. Clean your pet’s favorite furniture and toys often as well.
3. Consider a dehumidifier
High humidity can lead to mold growth and mildew, a common source of allergies and respiratory discomfort. If humidity is a problem in your home, consider installing a dehumidifier to restore and maintain the optimal moisture balance.
4. Get a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats not only control temperature, they can also monitor humidity levels and the status of air purification system filters. Some even track air quality and pollen levels and can automatically turn on the air purifier when necessary.
5. Have your ducts cleaned
Dust, dirt and debris in your air ducts can get into your living spaces. Cleaning your ducts is a good way to prevent allergens and irritants from spreading throughout your home.
6. Invest in an air purification system
Air purifiers remove even microscopic particles from the air, rather than just mask poor air quality.
7. Change your air filter
Once an air filter is clogged with dirt, it no longer prevents dirt and debris from getting into your home through the HVAC system. Make sure the air that goes into your system is as clean as possible by changing the air filter every 30 to 90 days.
Contact IAQ today to learn about the clean air solutions that are best for your home in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver metro area.