Bumper-to-bumper traffic on the parkway, industrial smokestacks, a bunch of scenes from Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” are just a few of the images that spring to mind when we think about air pollution. But what about indoor air pollution? Do you ever think just how safe the air is inside your home?
The truth is, air pollution in your home can be just as bad — or even worse — than it is outdoors. The average American spends 87% of their life indoors (this number has only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic), you’d think that indoor air quality would be something we’d hear about more often. Don’t worry. With a little preventative maintenance and some basic knowledge, you can take immediate steps to improve your indoor air quality today with these DIY Tips.
1. Change your air Filter
Your HVAC system is always working to give your home that perfect temperature all year round. But while they’re cycling through all that air, they’re filtering out some of those common air pollutants. Eventually, their air filters fill up and stop doing their job. Not only does that cause trouble for your indoor air quality, but it also wears down your system, which can lead to costly repairs down the road.
Be sure to change your filters regularly, or ask us about planned maintenance – especially if you are allergy-prone or live in a metropolitan area with high levels of pollution.
2. Change other filters
Your HVAC system isn’t the only thing working to keep the air clean in your home environment. If you really want to improve the air quality in your home, be sure to check the filters in your other household appliances. Your vacuum cleaner, dryer, and kitchen vents should all be inspected and maintained periodically. It’s recommended to clean or replace these common household filters every few months.
3. Check your air ducts
Air ducts are responsible for distributing hot and cold air throughout your home, providing a comfortable climate in every room. But ducts that are not installed properly or maintained can distribute contaminants from one room to another. Over time, dust, dander, and even mold can accumulate in your ducts, reducing the overall air quality. Hire a professional to make sure your ducts are circulating fresh, clean air.
Although we don’t offer duct cleaning, we can recommend a handful of local companies that do an excellent job.
4. Use cooking vents
Many indoor air pollutants come from the kitchen. Gas stoves release harmful contaminants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Even electric burners produce those same pollutants in lower levels, as well as other particles that can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream. So, when you’re cooking, be sure to turn on your kitchen vents, or open a window to help filter out the air even more.
5. Keep your textiles clean
Rugs, carpets, and other textiles do more than increase the comfort (and appearance) of your home. They act as their own air filters, trapping dust and other particles in their many fibers. Clean your carpets and rugs weekly and they will keep working for you, improving the air quality in your home just by lying there!
6. Control humidity in your home
Humid and moist conditions breed mold and mildew that can trigger respiratory issues like allergies and asthma. The hot summer months can bring about especially humid conditions while the winter brings extremely dry conditions. There are a variety of humidifier and dehumidifier options that will help maintain consistent humidity levels and create comfortable living conditions in your home.
We’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate on a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier.
7. Buy indoor plants (and take care of them)
Plants are nature’s natural air filters. Buying a few indoor plants can do wonders to improve the indoor air quality in your home while making your home totally zen. As an added bonus, house plants are proven mood boosters! Small plants like ferns, bamboo, English ivy, weeping fig, and larger palm trees are excellent options to pull contaminants out of the air.
However, it’s also important to take care of these plants, as a neglected plant can negatively impact your air quality. Only water your plant when the soil is dry, make sure they have plenty of light, and trim dead leaves often.
About Spurk HVAC
Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, and the surrounding areas. We are an American Standard Customer Care Dealer and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor.
We service all makes and models. Please click, “Book Now” anywhere on our site if you are seeking a heating repair, heating system replacement, air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.