4 HVAC Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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We often hear about poor outdoor air quality concerns, but did you know that indoor air can be just as bad, if not worse? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. Because people are now spending 90 to 95 percent of their time inside, deficient air quality has become a significant health risk.  

Indoor air is frequently contaminated with a variety of fumes, gases, particles, toxins, and other chemicals common in a household. These nearly imperceptible substances can have a variety of adverse effects on human health, including headaches, fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, etc. They can even contribute to the incidence of cancer in the body.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are things we all can do to improve the quality of air in our homes. Here are four things you can do to maintain the health of your living environment:

  • Change Filters Regularly: Your HVAC system filters are designed to capture microparticles of dust and pet dander. Some filters are capable of filtering even smaller particulates. Be sure to use the correct filter for your system, and to change it regularly.
  • Ventilate Often: Bringing fresh air into the home can help to sweep out the buildup of indoor toxic pollutions. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom fans are clear and clean of dust and grime, and run them as needed to help exchange the indoor air.
  • Open the Windows: Part of clearing the air in a home includes the need to open the windows and doors. This action is especially important to do whenever you bring in new furniture, mattresses, carpeting, or other products that emit noxious volatile organic compounds via off-gassing.
  • Remove Moisture and Mold Buildup: Moisture contributes to the incidence of mold and mildew, which can spore and spread throughout the air. Mold is often a serious health hazard that thrives in damp places.

The place you call home should be a respite of health and sanctuary. If your air quality is suffering, everyone in the house will be affected. Need some HVAC support? Call our professionals at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning: (951) 375-6856.