8 Things to Consider About Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

8 Things to Consider About Your Home's Indoor Air QualityDid you know that your HVAC system plays a key role in your home’s indoor air quality? In turn, your indoor air quality impacts your health. As a result, it is important to consider a few key things about your HVAC system and your home’s air quality.

Why Does Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality Matter?

Your indoor air quality refers to how clean the air circulating through your home is. The cleanliness of the air determines what you ingest, which directly affects your health. Your HVAC system acts as a direct passageway for any allergens or toxins your home may shelter, projecting them into the air and your lungs.

Common indoor allergens include pet hair and dander, pollen, dirt, dust and dust mites, mold spores, and more. It is important to do whatever you can to rid your home’s air of these particles.

8 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

So, what steps can you take to improve the quality of the air you breathe? Implement the following rules into your daily lifestyle.

1. Employ proper HVAC system maintenance.

To prevent your furnace or air conditioner from cycling harmful particles through your air, make sure you properly inspect and maintain your indoor and outdoor units.

2. Change your air filters regularly.

Your heating and cooling system pushes all air through a filter. If the filter is dirty or clogged, many of those particles are forced through and begin circulating through your home. To avoid ingesting excess dust, pet dander, etc., change your filters as often as the manufacturer recommends (check the packaging for instructions).

3. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to control your home’s moisture level.

Too much moisture in the air leads to mold growth. A lack of moisture leads to dry, itchy skin and eyes. Control the humidity level in your home using a humidifier or a dehumidifier.

4. Invest in an air purifier.

An air purifier helps eliminate viruses, bacteria, and other microscopic particles from your home’s air. Particularly if you live with other people, an air purifier is a great tool for staying healthy.

5. Install a high-quality carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is very real and very dangerous. Protect yourself by installing a quality detector and changing its batteries often.

6. Schedule annual furnace tune-ups.

Not only does professional HVAC maintenance improve your indoor air quality, but it also increases the lifespan of your system. Save money on replacements, repairs, and monthly utility bills by scheduling annual HVAC system inspections.

7. Clean your ducts often.

Over time, ducts accumulate dirt, dust, and droppings from pests. These allergens mix with the air being pushed out of the duct, lowering your indoor air quality.

8. Ventilate your home properly.

Finally, make sure you allow plenty of fresh air into your home. Open your doors and windows on nice days, run fans, etc. Proper ventilation plays a key role in eliminating indoor allergens.

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