The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health risks in the country. The best way to address the risk to your health and comfort is to eliminate sources of pollution and bring fresh, clean air into your home since the outdoor air is less polluted than indoor air. Here are six easy ways to improve the quality of your home’s indoor air.
- Use air filtration and humidity products. Some of these devices can be installed in the ductwork of your central heating and cooling system. Whole-house filtration products that capture and kill airborne pollutants are the most effective. Consider using Bryant UV lamps in conjunction with an air filtration product to destroy pollutants—allergens, mold, viruses, and bacteria—at the source before they circulate into the air.Humidity can make the biggest difference in your home’s air quality. Keep levels between 30 and 50 percent with Bryant whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
- Bring fresh air inside. Open the windows to bring fresh air inside and improve circulation and airflow in your home. If that’s not practical due to the weather, heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators can introduce fresh air into your home without heat or cooling loss. They offer a fail-proof alternative to opening windows and are a great way to eliminate odors, smoke, and other pollutants.
- Replace your air filter. Change HVAC system filters regularly to pull dirt and dust out of the air.
- Eliminate as many household chemicals from in or around your home. Remember, eliminating pollution at the source is your goal. Limit your exposure to chemicals. Use paint, gasoline, antifreeze, solvents, cleaning supplies, and pesticides in well-ventilated areas and store them outside your living space.
- Have the radon levels in your home tested. Any type of home can have a radon problem—new and old, with or without a basement. If unsafe levels of this radioactive gas are detected, trained radon mitigation experts like those at DuctWorks can direct the gas away from your home, making sure the levels meet the EPA’s recommendations.
- Consider Aeroseal® duct sealing. Available through DuctWorks Heating, this duct sealing technology can reduce dust, allergens, and pollutants that can enter your home. Fixing leaky ducts can also prevent appliance fumes, automobile exhaust, and radon gases from flowing into your air distribution system due to unbalanced air pressure.