One of the best presents you can give yourself this holiday season isn’t something you can wrap. We’re talking about improved indoor air quality (IAQ). While cleaner air doesn’t have the excitement of a brand new car or a 4K ultra-high-definition television, it can drastically improve your quality of life.
Indoor air can be between two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. If you want to improve the air quality in your home, start by using the following five tips.
This is a simple, straightforward solution that anyone can do. Allergens like to accumulate on your floors. This is especially true if you have rugs or carpets. If you add a HEPA filter to your vacuum, you can quickly reduce harmful pollutants in your home.
Houseplants can reduce some of the contaminants and pollutants in your home. Species with air-cleaning properties include the English ivy, bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, gerbera daisy, and dragon tree.
These plants help remove harmful airborne contaminants such as benzene and formaldehyde. Some require more care than others, so do your research.
Combat Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can cause significant air quality problems. Leaking plumbing is a common source of mold, so you should get your plumbing systems repaired. You can also prevent mold by emptying the drip trays for your air conditioner and installing a dehumidifier.
Clean Your Ducts
One of the biggest offenders of indoor air quality is the ductwork in your home. Ducts accumulate dust, dander, and other debris. The dark, damp environment in your ducts is also conducive to mold growth. Having your ducts professionally cleaned will reduce unpleasant odors, allergens, and irritants. A professional inspection of your ducts can also identify areas of energy loss, which can be repaired for improved HVAC efficiency. In some cases, it might be best to replace your ducts altogether.
Change Your Air Filter
Routinely changing out the air filter in your central air system will not only improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your HVAC unit operate more efficiently. Remembering to replace your filter every 30 days can be difficult. That’s why we offer a subscription service, delivering a brand new filter to your doorstep when you need it.
Bottom line: The NATE-certified technicians can diagnose your ductwork and analyze your air quality to help determine the best course of action. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer experienced with a variety of equipment designed to improve indoor air quality, such as air purifiers, energy recovery ventilators, germicidal UV lamps, and whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. To schedule an appointment, call (321) 727-2542.