When you think about air quality, the first thing that comes to mind is probably pollution and the air outside but did you know that the quality of the air in your home can get polluted as well? With so much of your time being spent indoors, the quality of the air in your home should be something you should be worried about, too. But don’t fret! With some basic knowledge, you can take the steps to improve the indoor air quality in your home today.
Common Air Pollutants
The most common air pollutants range from contaminants your pets bring indoors to potential gas leaks. One of the most common air pollutants is carbon monoxide which results from natural gas that escapes into your home without being burned off. If you live in an older home, common air pollutants include asbestos and lead particles, and mold and mildew in bathrooms and kitchens.
Tips for Improving the IAQ in Your Home
1. Change Your Air Conditioning Filter – Your A/C system is how you stay cool during the hot summer months but as the air cycles through the system, your filters are filters out pollutants. Eventually, these filters get full and stop doing their job. This not only causes more pollutants to enter your home but also causes your system to be less efficient.
2. Check Your Air Ducts – Responsible for distributing air throughout your home, your air ducts can also push contaminants throughout the rooms in your home when your system is running. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate in these ducts and when your system runs, the contaminants enter the room.
3. Control Humidity Levels – High humidity and moisture levels make the ideal environment for mold and mildew, which can trigger respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. By utilizing dehumidifiers during the hot, humid months, you’re able to reduce the amount of moisture in the air thus improving your IAQ.
4. Add Indoor Plants to Your Space – Indoor plants are a great way to naturally filter the air and they also spruce up your decor! The best plants for improving IAQ are ferns, lilies, palm trees, and succulents.
Need help improving your indoor air quality? Contact MRW Mechanical today at (781) 639-9222.