Air quality can be many times worse inside than it is outside. We’re surrounded by materials that give off harmful VOCs, and dust, smoke, allergens, and other contaminants can get trapped in the inside air.
Thankfully, there is a lot that can be done to improve indoor air quality in your home. Air conditioners, ventilation systems, and air purification systems can all work together to make the air safer to breathe. Here are our top six ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.
1. Fix and Clean Your Ductwork
Your ductwork is out of sight, so it might not be something you think about very often. But leaking ducts can cause unfiltered air to circulate through your home. Leaks in the ductwork can even cause a backdraft that can bring carbon monoxide from gas appliances into your home. Air duct cleaning and duct repair are both ways to make sure that the air that comes out of your air conditioner vents is clean.
2. Regulate Humidity Levels
High humidity levels can cause mold growth, and it can exacerbate some health problems such as asthma. Your AC unit removes moisture from the air. But sometimes an AC unit isn’t enough. You can install a humidity control system that keeps the moisture at perfect levels throughout the day.
3. Install Air Purification Devices
Air purifiers can remove contaminants from the air such as dust, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, allergens, pet dander, and more. These air cleaners use UVC light to destroy any contaminants floating around the air. They can be installed right into your HVAC system for cleaner air.
4. Change Your Air Filters
If you want good indoor air quality, air filter replacement is one of the best things you can do. It ensures that air can continue to be filtered when it goes into your HVAC system and it helps your heating and cooling systems to run better.
5. Improve Air Circulation
There are many ways to improve the air circulation in your home. If you feel like any part of your house is stuffy, try to get the air moving again. You can install ceiling fans which can help to move the air around and even help get rid of smoke and cooking smells faster. You can have new ventilation installed such as a better range hood, bathroom vent fans, or ridge vents on your roof. Anything to get the air moving!
6. Layer Indoor Air Quality Devices
Layering air quality devices such as air filtration, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, proper ventilation, and air purification can help tackle all of the different kinds of contaminants that can end up in the air. The next time you have an air filter replacement, you can even consider replacing your filters with HEPA filters that do an even better job of filtering the air.
It’s Time to Call an Indoor Air Quality Specialist!
At Castle Home Comfort, we specialize in indoor air quality services in Champaign, IL. We offer many different types of services from ductwork repair and cleaning to air purification installation. If you want cleaner air, give us a call or fill out an online form.