Taking steps toward improving indoor air quality (IAQ) could make an immediate difference in the health of your home’s occupants. Since you breathe whatever is in the air repeatedly, taking steps to clean the air of gases and particulates result in short- and long-term benefits.
Throughout the House
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) come from common household products, including cleaning products, air fresheners, plastics, new building materials and fabrics, and vehicle exhaust. Reactions to VOCs range from mild to serious and, for some, prolonged exposure can be life-threatening. Fortunately, alternatives are available. Look for a label that states the product is clean-air compliant when purchasing chemically based products.
House plants can remove VOCs from the air, but ultraviolet (UV) lights installed inside the ductwork and blower compartment are also an effective method for improving indoor air quality. These lights alter VOCs and reduce populations of mold, viruses and bacteria.
Also, remember to keep the air filter for your HVAC system clean. Not only will it trap more airborne particulates, but your system will also run more efficiently.
Kitchens and Baths
Use the exhaust fans to remove excess humidity. Mold and dust mites thrive when humidity rises above 50 percent indoors. Dust mites are the most common allergy trigger in homes, and mold can be dangerous, depending on its type.
Even if you have hard-surface flooring, use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for cleaning floors and furniture. These filters trap microscopic particles like dust mite waste, pollen and pet dander.
Monitor humidity levels in the basement, and if they’re excessive, consider using a dehumidifier to dry the air. Look for cracks around the foundation and fill them. Insects and rodents can easily enter through them, and their waste products degrade IAQ and may trigger allergies, asthma and other illnesses.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing can help you work toward improving indoor air quality in your home with efficient and innovative products. We’ve provided trusted HVAC services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas for more than three decades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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