What’s Dragging Down the IAQ in Your Home?

What's Dragging Down the IAQ in Your Home?Are you taking steps to make sure your indoor air is healthy? Air quality inside your home is just as crucial to your health as the air quality outside. It is especially important for those struggling with allergies and asthma.

What Things Negatively Impact Indoor Air Quality in Your Home?

  • Allergens
    Pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and cockroach detritus can collect on surfaces in your home, spreading via your heating and cooling system.
  • Mold & mildew
    In places of your home where moisture collects and humidity levels aren’t managed, such as bathrooms and basements, mold and mildew can thrive. When it grows or is disturbed, the spores mold and mildew produce infiltrate the air, making their way into your sinuses and lungs.
  • Chemicals, artificial fragrances, and VOCs
    Synthetic fragrances from cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and perfumes negatively impact indoor air quality, releasing VOCs. New carpet, furniture, and building materials in your home can also release these toxic compounds.
  • Carbon monoxide
    Fuel-burning appliances and heat sources in your home can release carbon monoxide if improperly vented. This gas is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly.
  • Outdoor air pollution
    Emissions from cars and factories, ozone, pollen, mold, and more from outdoors can infiltrate your home, particularly in poorly sealed houses with leaks around windows and doors.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

There are many steps you can take to improve your home’s indoor air quality:

  • Manage moisture
    Keep humidity levels in the proper balance with a whole house humidifier and dehumidifier addition. Integrated into your HVAC, these low-maintenance systems manage moisture on-demand.
  • Ensure proper ventilation
    Ensure fuel burning appliances and heat sources are properly vented and inspected annually, adding carbon monoxide detectors if you own them. Add exhaust fans and ventilation to moisture prone areas, such as the bath, laundry, and basement.
  • Beef up your air filter
    Beef up home air filters, upgrading to a Nature’s Home  MicroPower Guard home air filter. With a tighter weave, these filters remove more airborne pollutants and contaminants from the air than bargain options, providing cleaner indoor air.
  • Zap bacteria and other microorganisms
    Keep bacteria, germs, and mold under control with the help of a UV lights air purifier system.
  • Choose natural cleaners and furnishings
    Ditch toxic chemical cleaners and artificial fragrances for natural cleaners and 100% pure essential oils. Choosing natural wood and leather furnishings over fabric and OSB, particleboard, and other profusely glued, engineered alternatives can also reduce VOCs.
  • Clean regularly
    Regularly cleaning floors and washing bed linens can reduce the buildup of dust, dust mites, pollen, dander, and other allergens. Stowing shoes outside, showering after outdoor excursions, and keeping pets out of your bedroom can also reduce allergen accumulations.

Take control of the indoor air quality in your home, safeguarding the health of your family with the help of H & H Heating & Air Conditioning today.