How (Un)Healthy is Your Indoor Air Quality?

02.22.18

While it’s easy to pick on pollen, it’s not the only culprit that affects your indoor air quality. There’s also pet dander, dust, and mold. Lovely, right? Well, here’s the good news: there are several simple steps that you can take that can keep you and your family breathing easy, at least while you’re indoors.

Here are some of them:

Vacuum – We recommend using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to effectively trap what is being collected. Also, after vacuuming, turn the thermostat to “fan on” and let it run to help remove the dust that was kicked up. After 15 minutes, switch it back to “auto.”

Limit Humidity – High humidity can lead to the spread of mold and dust mites. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and consider installing a dehumidifier if needed.

Filter Your Air – A clean HVAC system air filter with a MERV of 5 or higher is essential. If allergies or asthma is an issue, go with a MERV 10 or 11 pleated filter. Installing an air cleaner can capture tiny particles, mold, and bacteria, as well as harmful volatile organic compounds. (Reminder: We can handle that for you!)

Maintain Your HVAC – Over time, your HVAC can accumulate dust and debris that reduces the efficiency of your system. Regular maintenance and cleaning keep your HVAC running smoothly, cooling and cleaning your indoor air. (Oh hey, we do that too!)

Enjoy all the great things about spring, such as warmer temps and blooming flowers, and leave the rest up to us. When you need us, we’re only a call or click away!