Helpful Tips for Controlling PollutantsIndoor pollutants can be a major source of discomfort for everyone in your home. They can trigger allergies, produce unpleasant odors, and cause irritate eyes, noses, and throats. Here are some useful ways to control pollutants in your home and make your indoor air fresher, cleaner, and more pleasant to breathe.

Increase Ventilation

Increasing the amount of ventilation and fresh air moving through your home will reduce the amount of pollutants while also bringing in clean air from outdoors. One of the simplest ways to do this is to open doors and windows when outdoor temperatures allow it. Putting fans in front of open windows with the airflow pointing inward will pull fresh, clean air indoors. You can also install ventilation systems that can increase indoor ventilation and airflow while preserving the indoor temperature.

Use Air Cleaners and Purifiers

Small air cleaning units can be used to remove airborne pollutants, such as dust, pollen, and dander, from areas about the size of a room. Air purifiers work similarly but provide a much greater level of pollutant removal. Whole-house air cleaning and purification systems are designed to be installed within the airflow of your HVAC system to filter and purify all the air flowing through your heating and cooling systems.

Change HVAC Air Filters Regularly

Make sure you change the air filters in your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump regularly. These filters are the first line of defense against pollutants and particulates in your home’s air and must be kept clean to provide proper air flow for your HVAC system. Check these filters at least once a month and change them when they get dirty or clogged.

Remove Sources of Pollutants

Take out the trash regularly. Store cleaners, solvents, insecticides, and other volatile substances in tightly sealed containers and remove them from your home.

Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing provides HVAC and plumbing services to customers in Traverse City and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on how to control pollutants in your home and for equipment that can help you improve your indoor air quality.

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