How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Many people tend to think of air pollution as something that only occurs outdoors, but it’s important to understand that indoor air can be polluted too. In fact, the air quality inside the average home may be significantly worse than the air quality outside it. But here’s the good news: improving indoor air quality isn’t difficult. With a little preventative action and some diligent cleaning, you can enjoy great indoor air quality all year long. What do you need to do? We’ve listed our top tips for improving your indoor air quality below.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to improve your indoor air quality is change your HVAC filters regularly. If you use standard, one-inch pleated filters, it’s a good idea to change them once every three months. But if you smoke indoors, have pets, or your filters tend to get dirty quickly, you should replace them more often.
Control Indoor Humidity Levels
According to the Environmental Protection Association, relative indoor humidity should be below 60% to prevent the growth of mold and mildew that can pollute your indoor air. Aside from preventing mold and mildew growth, optimal indoor humidity levels help discourage pest infestations and dust mite proliferation that can also pollute your indoor air.
One highly effective way to help control your indoor humidity levels is to schedule professional air conditioner maintenance annually. Since your AC unit helps remove excess ambient moisture from the air inside your home, keeping the unit clean and properly maintained will help it remove that moisture efficiently.
If you schedule routine AC maintenance and your indoor humidity is still high, invest in dehumidifiers and place them around your home. It’s also worth checking your doors and windows for leaks and damage that may be allowing excess moisture indoors.
Keep Carpets and Rugs Clean
If you don’t already vacuum your rugs and carpets at least once a week, now is the time to start. These materials can accumulate a substantial amount of allergens in very little time. In many cases, they play a major role in poor indoor air quality caused by pollen, dust, dust mites, dander, and other small, allergy-triggering particles.
Ideally, you should use a vacuum that has HEPA filtration to make sure you’re capturing even the smallest particles that linger in your carpet and rug fibers. It may also be in your best interest to consider swapping out carpets with tile, hardwood, laminate, or another type of hard flooring that doesn’t trap and accumulate allergens.
Schedule Professional Air Duct Cleanings
Your air ducts distribute warm and cool air to every room in your home, but over time, those ducts can accumulate a substantial amount of debris. When conditioned air passes through your duct system, it carries with it some of the tiny particles that accumulate on the interior walls of the ductwork. And while your filters are designed to trap a large portion of those particles, they can’t trap everything.
Ultimately, some of the debris inside your ductwork ends up making its way into your living areas, and once there, it negatively impacts your indoor air quality. That’s where professional air duct cleaning comes in.
When you have a pro perform a thorough cleaning of your duct system, that cleaning removes all traces of debris from within the ductwork. Once those ducts are clean, your HVAC system can no longer force particulate matter into your living spaces, so your indoor air quality improves. For the average home, scheduling professional duct cleaning at two-year intervals should suffice.
Get Your Ducts Inspected
Routine air duct inspections can also help improve your indoor air quality. Since holes and cracks in your ductwork can allow dust and debris to enter the system, you must keep your ducts in optimal condition if you want to maintain clean indoor air. It’s best to schedule a comprehensive, professional inspection since detecting duct issues on your own may prove quite difficult given the challenge of accessing the ductwork. If you’re worried that your home’s indoor air quality isn’t quite where it should be, let our team at Metro Express Service in Carrollton help you change that! We specialize in air duct cleaning and repair, as well as a wide variety of cooling and heating services to help you keep your HVAC system in optimal condition. To schedule air duct cleaning or learn more about how we can help you improve the indoor air quality in your Dallas area home, give us a call today at (972) 263-2500 or get in touch with us online, and we’ll get back to you with more info!