Also known as IAQ, indoor air quality refers to the quality of the air inside a structure. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, poor indoor air quality is one of the biggest environmental threats to public health. To reduce your risk of indoor health concerns, it’s important to both understand and control many of the common pollutants in your home. With that said, here’s how to improve your home’s IAQ with a few simple steps.
Ventilate Your Home Properly
Most HVAC systems don’t draw fresh air into the home and exhaust stale air out of it. To accomplish this, use your home’s exhaust fans regularly to remove contaminants. Although it’s usually hot and humid in Florida, it’s also important to open a door or two to let fresh outdoor air into your home.
Control Your Home’s Humidity
Your home’s humidity plays a pivotal role in whether you feel comfortable. During the summer, you can use a dehumidifier to reach an ideal humidity between 40 and 50 percent. During the winter, a humidifier can help you achieve that range, although that is rarely needed in this area. Here are some additional tips to lower your humidity to avoid dust mites and mold growth.
- Change the HVAC filter every three months.
- Fix leaks and repair water damage right away.
- Use the ceiling fans to help circulate air.
- Keep interior doors open for better ventilation.
- Operate your dishwasher and clothes dryer at night.
Invest in a Quality Air Purifier
There are plenty of IAQ solutions that homeowners can take advantage of to improve the quality of the air inside their home, one of which is an air purifier. The best air purifiers on the market trap up to 95 percent of the pathogens in your home as small as .30 microns in size, and use an electrical charge to either inactivate or kill them.
Poor IAQ can lead to a multitude of health concerns, including respiratory illness. For additional information about improving your home’s indoor air quality, read on about why it’s important to improve attic ventilation or contact All Seasons Service Network at (850) 637-8479. We look forward to helping you breathe easier and sleep better.