Breathing Easy: Improve Your Summer Indoor Air Quality Following These Steps

indoor air qualityToday, homes are built to be more energy efficient than ever, sealing out air exchange with the outdoors. However, the resulting indoor air quality in most homes is actually poorer than outside air. This can be exacerbated during the summer when you spend your time indoors with the air conditioning running. Keep reading to find out easy solutions to achieve cleaner air in your Columbus home.

Upgrade Your Furnace Filter

The filter in front of your furnace or air conditioner traps dust and other particles before they can enter your Columbus HVAC system and circulate through your home. There are varying levels of filter efficiencies available, ranging from filters that remove only large particles to filters with electrostatic charges to attract dust and other pollutants. If you are currently using the lowest-quality filter, consider upgrading to one that removes a larger percentage of dust and allergens from the air.

Install a Permanent Filter

It's important to keep in mind that the main purpose of your air filter is to protect your HVAC equipment. If you're looking for a significant improvement in indoor air quality, an HVAC professional can install a permanent filter in your ductwork to clean the air. UV germicidal lamps, which are often used in hospitals, are a way to further sterilize your home's air by killing microbes as well as removing dust and debris.

Use a Dehumidifier

During the summer, warm temperatures and humid air abound. These create the perfect conditions for mold, mildew, and other pests to flourish in your home. Mold and mildew spores are common allergens that can particularly affect those with allergies or asthma. A standalone dehumidifier is an easy solution to reduce indoor humidity and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Limit VOCs

Another indoor air quality concern is VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemical compounds are released by household cleaners, paints, glue, and even some types of flooring, furnishings, and bedding. VOCs can cause irritation of the nose, throat, and eyes. Choose products that are low in VOCs or contain no VOCs. Additionally, many types of houseplants have been shown to reduce the amount of toxins and VOCs in the air around them. Adding greenery to your home's décor is a natural and easy way to reduce indoor air pollution.

Are you ready for cleaner indoor air in Columbus? You can find more information about indoor air quality and how to improve it by clicking on our Learning Center webpage. Check out our website for more information about how we can install a permanent HVAC filter or air cleaner in your Columbus home, for easy breathing all year long.

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