6 Ways to Refresh Your Indoor AirPublished on: August 15, 2015
As outdoor air quality worsens across the Southeast U.S., its even more important to make sure the air in your home keeps your family healthy. Here are six easy ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.
If your home’s HVAC system is dated or under significant stress, your ducts may be doing more harm than good. Even the best ducts can develop leaks or cracked seals over time, which means they’re letting cool air slip out while allowing dirt and allergens in. If you’ve recently remodeled your home, dust and debris can also make their way into your ducts while continuing to circulate through your air. Investigating your ducts isn’t a project you should take on yourself, so call in a professional to find out if duct cleaning would improve your indoor air quality.
Since the air inside your home can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to Good Housekeeping, installing an air purifier can help keep your air as clean as possible. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends air purifiers that have high-efficiency rates as well as high circulation rates, which means they remove a high percentage of pollutants while circulating a large volume of air. Many air purifiers like the Infinity GAPA and Performance PGAP reduce and eliminate airborne allergens and asthma triggers like smoke, pet dander, and insect waste, helping the allergy sufferers in your home breathe easier.
Every Alabama homeowner has experienced the discomfort that comes with high humidity. In the summer, off-the-charts humidity makes your air conditioner work harder to keep your home comfortable while also leaving your home at risk of accumulating excess moisture. A whole-home dehumidifier like the Performance DEHXX works to decrease the humidity throughout your home, which prevents mold from growing in damp conditions and dust mites from flourishing in overly warm areas. In addition to better air quality, a whole-home dehumidifier can also lower your energy costs by helping you run your air conditioner less.
Many new homes are great at keeping allergens out, but some pollutants come from inside the home. Everyday activities like cooking, showering, laundering clothes, and washing dishes can create significant amounts of moisture. As any allergy parent knows, moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and a host of allergic reactions.
Instead of keeping your home airtight, ventilators push out stale air while drawing in fresh air. Energy recovery ventilators like the Performance ERVXXLHB1200 work well in areas with humid summers, since they take advantage of the stale air’s thermal energy to condition the incoming air without putting an extra burden on your air conditioning system.
Your HVAC system should make your home as comfortable as possible, but that’s not always the case. Instead of keeping your indoor air clean, some air conditioning systems can cause air quality issues. If your air conditioner coil or drain pan harbors mold and bacteria in their naturally cool, dark, and moist environments, an ultraviolet (UV) lamp can get the situation under control. UV lamps like the Performance UVLCC2LP kill bacteria and mold before they become airborne, which helps keep your HVAC system efficient and your home’s air clean.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
You can see some indoor air pollutants, but some of the most dangerous ones are invisible. Carbon monoxide poisoning sickens thousands of people and kills hundreds each year, so this isn’t an issue to take lightly.
Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing carbon monoxide monitors throughout your home. Models like the Preferred COALM constantly monitor your home’s air quality and record the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. This device will track carbon monoxide levels over time to look for dangerous trends, and it will sound a loud alarm to alert your family in case of an emergency.
Are you ready to refresh your indoor air? Contact the professionals at Mingledorff’s to find out which indoor air quality products are right for you today.