Keeping the Air Quality Ideal in your Home

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Combustion pollutants are gases or particles that come from burning materials. This can include gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and others that are either improperly vented or not vented at all. Types and amounts of pollutants produced will vary depending on how well the appliance was installed. It is also affected by how it is maintained, and vented, as well as what kind of fuel it uses. A few common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These are both of which are colorless, odorless gases.

Remove pollutants

Volatile organic compounds are a variety of organic chemicals that are released as gases from certain solids or liquids. These are found in household products, including paints and varnishes, cleaning and disinfecting supplies. You will also find them in pesticides, craft materials like glues, adhesives, and permanent markers, air fresheners and other synthetic fragrances, dry-cleaned clothing, carpets, sealing caulks and solvents. You can purchase an air purifier to help remove these from the air in your home.

Notice signs of asthma

Asthma and allergy triggers can also reduce the air quality in your home. Some household triggers include mold, dust mites, pollen, secondhand smoke, and pet dander are some. At any given time a home may have mold growing on a shower curtain, dust mites in pillows, blankets or stuffed animals. Also, cat and dog hair on the floor and upholstery.

There are some things you can do to improve the air quality. Open the windows as much as possible, even just for a few minutes. Clean or change all the filters in your house regularly, particularly if you use an air conditioner, air purifier, and vacuum. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on the correct schedule that you should follow to have clean air in your home. Adjust your humidity levels accordingly with a moisture or humidity gauge, this will help improve the air.

Ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. Anything under 30% is too dry, over 50% is too high and can contribute to mold growth. To increase humidity, use a vaporizer or humidifier. To decrease humidity, open the windows, turn on a fan or air conditioner, or use a dehumidifier. If you think there is poor air quality in your home, contact us and we can inspect it. By doing so, you can help to breathe easier. You will also have better air quality in your home as well.

Improving your Indoor Quality

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Having good air quality is important no matter what time of the year it is. Since you will spend more time indoors during the winter months, it is especially important to make sure the air quality is the best it can be. In the winter, windows and doors are generally kept shut, so the indoor air is mostly recycled during these months. Germs that are either brought in from the outside or that take root in the home are re-circulated over and over again for many months unless the indoor air is purified during winter.

Healthy air quality

In order to maintain healthy winter air quality all season long, you need to have the proper air filtration arsenal set up within your home. You also need to know when to change your air filter during winter to ensure the equipment performs properly. A quality winter air filter is also important in commercial buildings, nearly a third of which 30% have poor indoor air quality.  For obvious reasons, cleaning and changing your air filter is necessary for your indoor air quality during winter.

Fresh air in winter

During the winter, an air filter keeps the indoor air fresh. When outdoor temperatures drop, this allows you to keep the air from getting stuffy without having to crack a window. The last thing you would want to do is lose heat. You would allow all the warmth generated by the heater or fireplace to escape the house. With heaters, especially, a cracked window could add to your energy expenses.

Check the Filter

For an air filter to keep the indoor air clean, the filter itself needs to be free of dirt deposits. Therefore, the filter should be checked once per month for deposits of dirt and dust. Clean the filter when necessary to allow for clean air filtration. If you are in the process of buying a new air filter, choose a HEPA model. These are more effective at removing germs from the air. If you notice an issue with the filter or air quality, contact us. We can inspect the HVAC system and air quality for you.