Indoor air quality is an important factor for any homeowner. Whether you are sleeping, cooking dinner, reading a book, working on a computer, exercising or relaxing in front of the television, you’re breathing the entire time. The air you breathe plays a big role in your health, your comfort level and how well you function.
Removing airborne pollutants from your home and improving air quality doesn’t need to be complicated if you have the right products and tactics. Here are a few that will get you pointed in the right direction.
HEPA (High-efficiency particulate Air) filters have been growing in popularity and for good reason. These effective filters use a three-stage filtration process consisting of a pre-filter, HEPA filter and a VOC (volatile organic compound) filter. The pre-filter captures larger particles in the air like dust, then the HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger including viruses and allergens. The VOC filter helps remove odours and gases from the house.
Air Purification Systems
When you have a whole-home air purification system in place, you can feel confident that your indoor air quality will be high. Air purifiers use UV (ultraviolet) light to remove odours, kill mold and microorganisms and clean the air that circulates inside your home. This will make your living environment more comfortable and reduce the risk of health issues caused by poor indoor air quality.
Improving the ventilation inside your home plays a big role in boosting the quality of the air. When more clean, outdoor air is moved inside, it stands to reason that the indoor air quality will improve. Simple things like opening up windows or doors, using ceiling fans and using exhaust fans to specific rooms can make a big difference with little effort and no added expense.
Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers
Fluctuating humidity levels can make it quite uncomfortable inside your home. If it is particularly dry in the colder months, then stifling and humid in the summer, comfort levels will reduce and some may experience breathing troubles. If you utilize humidifiers and dehumidifiers in your home, you can keep the humidity level constant so your family is comfortable and the air quality remains high all year round.
Most homeowners don’t associate having HVAC maintenance with air quality, but there is a direct correlation. When your filters are changed and the system is cleaned thoroughly, there is less dust and debris to get into your ducts and in the various rooms of your home. Annual maintenance is important to keep your equipment in good working order, but don’t underestimate its importance for air quality when it’s time to make your next appointment.
Taking a deep breath of fresh air in your home is possible when you entrust your HVAC system to the experts at Dows ClimateCare. Contact us today to learn how we can improve your indoor air quality.