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Expert Tips for Improving a Home’s Indoor Air Quality

IAQ, or indoor air quality, measures the amount of particulate matter and harmful substances in the inside air. Air pollution is not just a concern outdoors. It can even be of greater concern indoors because it can be much more concentrated. It is of particular concern for those who suffer from chronic respiratory issues or allergies. This article will cover how homeowners can maintain and promote good indoor air quality and clean air in their homes.

Replace Air Filters Regularlyfilters

Besides just keeping up with normal heating and cooling maintenance, the easiest way to ensure decent indoor air quality is by changing the air filters at least every three months or more frequently if needed. Air filters are made to catch particulate matter and prevent it from going into the heating and cooling system's moving parts, reducing efficiency. It also helps keep debris from recirculating through the HVAC system. Some of the things that the average air filter can catch are listed below:

  • Allergens
  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Organic Matter
  • Pollen
  • Pet hair
  • Some VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

Purchase a Filter or Air Purifier for the Whole Home or a Certain Space

purifierA household may include someone with allergies, asthma, emphysema, or COPD. Perhaps someone has a compromised immune system for one of many reasons this occurs. The house may need more thorough protection against indoor air pollution and germs. Filters and air purifiers like air sanitizers are available for just such a necessity. Below are a few options for houses that need a little extra TLC.

  • Air Scrubbers:  These filters and sanitizers attach to an HVAC system and purify the air, typically using a HEPA filter and a UV filter to remove airborne germs. 
  • Whole Home Air Filtration Systems: If a household is more concerned with allergens, then a whole home air filter compatible with the HVAC system may be needed. These filters typically use HEPA filters and activated charcoal to clean the air.
  • HEPA Filters: Though these are merely a name for high-efficiency particulate air filters, they are considered the best for removing allergens. Air purifiers for individual rooms are typically equipped with this type of filter.
  • Ion Filters: These filters use positively charged ions to attract the negatively charged particulate matter in the air. These do an excellent job collecting pet hair and house dust.
  • UV Filters/Air Sanitizers: Though they are often called filters, UV air sanitizers use UV light to kill germs and sanitize instead of using a literal filter. These are great for high-traffic areas of the home during the cold and flu season.

Keep the Home Clean and Tidy

Another way to maintain good indoor air quality is by keeping the home clean. Regular dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping clean what could have ended up in the air and, eventually, the heating and cooling system. Cleaning helps prevent the accumulation of one of the most common and problematic allergens: dust.

Besides contributing to poor indoor air quality, too much dust getting into the HVAC system can cause issues like damage and even breakdowns. Following the tips in this blog will help dust stay out of the heater and AC, allowing it to work smoothly and keeping indoor air clean and healthy. 

About Laney’s Inc.

Laney’s Inc. is a local company that has served the people of Fargo, ND, and the surrounding areas for more than 60 years. They provide a one-stop resource, honest advice, and competitive pricing. Call them today for indoor air quality services like UV air sanitizer installation in Fargo, ND.