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Homeowner’s Guide to Improving Indoor Air Quality
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Homeowner’s Guide to Improving Indoor Air Quality

How often do you think about your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ)?

If you’re like most people, it’s not often, but indoor air quality is something you definitely need to keep tabs on. And if your IAQ is currently on the low side, it’s in your best interest to improve it stat.

While you might not be able to see indoor air pollution with your naked eye, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. According to the EPA, the air inside most buildings is up to 10 times more polluted than the air outdoors, and constantly breathing in that dirty air can have negative effects on your health.

Fortunately, it’s possible for anyone to improve their indoor air quality, and our team at The Comfort Company in Hermantown is here to help you get the job done. Read on to learn our best tips for improving the air quality inside your home.

Get Your Indoor Air Quality Tested

Worried your indoor air quality might be pretty bad? If you’ve noticed odd odors indoors, your home tends to collect a lot of dust, or you’ve seen mold or mildew growing inside your home, you’re probably right.

The same idea applies if you or anyone in your home has experienced unexplained, allergy-like symptoms when you spend lots of time indoors. You can’t improve what you haven’t even measured, so the first thing you’ll want to take care of is indoor air quality testing.

Do-it-yourself test kits are often inaccurate, so it’s in your best interest to hire a professional to handle the job.  Once you have your test results, you’ll know whether you’re dealing with high quantities of airborne allergens, mold spores, radon, carbon monoxide, VOCs, and other hazardous contaminants.

From there, you can work with a professional to determine the best indoor air quality improvement solutions for your unique needs. 

Monitor and Control Relative Indoor Humidity Levels

If your home has any air leaks, even if they’re tiny, they allow moisture to accumulate inside your home. And when indoor humidity levels get high, all of that moisture encourages mold and mildew growth, which can really tank your indoor air quality.

That’s where whole-house humidity control can be remarkably helpful. With a permanent humidifier/dehumidifier, you’ll have total control over your indoor humidity levels, so you can prevent the proliferation of harmful organic substances.

Of course, it’s also important to identify and seal any leaky areas in your home to prevent moisture from its way inside in the first place.

Use an Air Purification System

If you want the best protection against indoor air quality problems, a whole-house air purification system is what you need. These systems are integrated with your HVAC system and clean all of the air that passes through your ductwork.

While these systems do feature filters, they’re not the same as the typical HVAC filter you likely already use. Whole-house systems provide much more thorough filtration than your average HVAC filter can possibly deliver.

You can learn more about how these devices work in the EPA’s Residential Air Cleaners Technical Summary.

Implement HVAC UV Sanitization

The average residential HVAC system accumulates mold spores, bacteria, and plenty of other contaminants that collect inside the ductwork.

As forced air passes through the ducts, it can pick up tiny microbes that exist inside the duct system. If those microbes (bacteria, viruses, etc.) are small enough, they can pass right through your HVAC filter and into your home.

Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent that from happening. All you need is UV light. Generally, UV lights aren’t recommended as a standalone solution for improving indoor air quality since they don’t provide any filtration on their own.

But when integrated with an air purification system and standard household filters, UV lights can help ensure you’re breathing the purest air possible inside your home.

Change Your HVAC Filters Regularly

If you’re inconsistent about changing your HVAC filters, you’re not doing yourself any favors in the indoor air quality department. A filthy filter can’t very well clean the air that passes through it.

To ensure your HVAC system stays as clean and efficient as possible, you should be swapping out your filters every 60–90 days. Check them once a month, and if they’re dirty, don’t wait to change them.

Get a Few House Plants

Want to improve your indoor air quality and indoor aesthetics? Houseplants can help you do both!

According to NASA studies, many house plants are capable of scrubbing the air of several harmful toxins, including VOCs, bacteria, and viruses. 

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Comfort Company

Want to ensure you’re breathing clean air while you hang out indoors this winter? Let our team at The Comfort Company help you get the job done! We specialize in all things HVAC, including whole-house air purification systems, UV light sanitization, indoor humidity control, and more.

To get started, call our Hermantown, Minnesota office today at 218-491-1226 or send us a message with your questions, and we’ll be in touch!

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