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Helpful hints for better indoor air quality

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Healthy indoor air is key to any home environment, but it does take some upkeep to fend off common threats. Pollutants such as mold, lead within house dust, allergens and chemicals can affect you and your family, especially with repeated exposure. Houseplants are a great all-natural solution for air purifying, but with a few other simple steps, you can make a big difference in your home's air quality.

Change your air filter
It’s important to change your air filter for your heating and cooling system regularly according to the system's specifications, and to have a high-quality air filter for your home.

Have your duct system cleaned
Debris and contaminants in your duct system can carry harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that spread throughout your home when your heating and cooling system is operating. Since the duct system is beyond the filter, it’s a good idea to have the ducts cleaned if it hasn’t been done in the last five years.

Take steps to control moisture
Too much moisture can lead to mold. Repair any leaking plumbing to prevent excessive moisture and damage to your home. Vent your clothes dryer to the outside, don't overwater houseplants and remember to empty drip pans from your window air conditioner, dehumidifier and refrigerator.

Control the source of contaminants
Simply keeping your home clean can go a long way to improving air quality. Vacuum your floors often, use a doormat both outside and inside your home to avoid bringing contaminants indoors, remove your shoes and don’t smoke inside.

Consider additional ventilation
When it comes to your heating and cooling system, you may want to talk to your technician to see if additional ventilation will help. Especially in newer homes, which are built with higher standards of airtightness, mechanical ventilation is often required to remove contaminants, decrease humidity and ensure proper flow of fresh, healthy air.