The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that indoor air quality can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. If you are one of the many people who suffer from allergies or simply want to improve the quality of the air you breathe, here are four cost-effective ways to get started.
1. Improve Ventilation
Your home is already built to keep the air clean through constant circulation – You just have to take advantage of it. You can do this by remembering to turn on the hood fan over your oven every time you cook, using the ventilator fan in the bathroom, and by keeping all air vents open. If weather permits, open doors and windows to improve circulation and reduce levels of indoor pollutants.
2. Change HVAC Air Filters
Regularly changing your air filters is a must, not only for improved indoor air quality but also for a well-functioning unit. Air filters serve as a trap for dirt and allergens such as:
- pet dander
But if the air filter gets clogged, its effectiveness diminishes significantly. For 1” to 3” filters, a good rule of thumb is to replace them every 30 to 60 days.
3. Test for Pollutants
Your indoor air quality is affected by the unique environment surrounding it. Many people can suffer from the health effects of radon exposure, which can be right in the home. You can buy an inexpensive test kit that will tell you if the property has high radon levels.
4. Banish Dust Mites
Dust mites thrive in humid environments like Jacksonville. Vacuum your floors and furniture regularly to reduce the amount of dust, and also consider investing in special covers to protect your mattress. Washing your bedding in hot water on a weekly basis is another step you can take to improve the level of allergy-triggering dust mites in the home.
At A/C Designs, we understand the importance of indoor air quality which is why we offer a number of solutions to help our customers breathe easier. Trust our team of trained professionals to find the best option for your HVAC and indoor air quality needs. For more information, contact A/C Designs to speak with one of our Home Comfort Specialists.