Air it Out: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

David Deem

Ideally, you should be able to breathe deep in your space and not have any negative effects. In reality, indoor air can be some of the most polluted we come in contact with, even in our own homes. From natural aggravators like pollen and mold, to man-made chemicals and compounds, it's important to scrutinize your indoor air and take steps to freshen it.

Read on for clean air insights from Tommy Webber, owner of T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric.

Tune up your HVAC system. Regular tune ups to your heating and cooling will keep your system clean, monthly energy costs low and lengthen the life of the HVAC system. Additionally, skipping annual maintenance can often void a manufacturer's warranty.

"There are a lot of steps homeowners can take to improve their indoor air quality, but one of the biggest — and best — options is scheduling a tune-up to their heating and cooling system," says Webber. "A home's HVAC system is responsible for circulating air through your home, and its maintenance has to be a priority. A neglected system can develop moisture and mold, which releases harmful spores into the air you're breathing."

Clean your ducts. This should be done seasonally, or more frequent, especially in the winter months when your home is sealed.

Installing a whole house humidifier. This can help keep mold at bay.

Cleaning regularly, weekly if possible. Cleaning away surface dust and dander, shampooing carpets and laundering linens in hot water can help keep irritants down.

Implementing indoor plants. Some living plantlife in your home not only looks lovely  - it can help filter out volatile organic compounds.

Install an air sanitizing system. If you're extremely concerned about your inner air quality, or you or a loved one suffers from allergens, install an air sanitizing system, which uses UV lamps to destroy bacteria and prevent mold from cycling through the HVAC unit.

Source: T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric.



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