Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in the New Year
There are a lot of popular resolutions that are thrown around at the beginning of every year. But the most common ones are about staying or getting healthy, so why not add cleaner indoor air quality to the list? Poor indoor air quality can have several negative effects on health. And since indoor air quality in the home is generally several times worse than air quality in even the most smog-laden city, this should be a concern for many homeowners. Luckily, it’s not hard to improve a home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Doing the three things below can help homeowners breathe easier with cleaner air in 2023.
Change Air Filters On Time
One of the easiest and most impactful ways to improve a home’s indoor air quality is to replace air filters on time. Not only do the filters help keep the HVAC system clean and working well, but it also helps remove impurities from the air that are circulating through the home. But when a filter is kept on too long and overused, it can cause problems. An overused air filter can cause stress to the HVAC system, restrict airflow, decrease the unit’s efficiency and increase energy bills while also causing indoor air quality to worsen.
This is why homeowners need to change their air filters on time. While the specific time frame varies depending on several factors, the general guideline is to change them at least every three months. Replacing air filters every 1 to 2 months is a good idea for households with pets or residents who suffer from bad allergies. Homeowners can discuss an optimal filter change schedule with their HVAC technician.
Consider an Air Purifier
For homeowners serious about getting cleaner indoor air — like households with infants or elderly — an air purifier is the way to go. There are several types of air purifiers, including air sanitizers that use UV rays to neutralize certain air pollutants and purifiers that use filters to remove contaminants from the air. There are also different sizes to choose from.
For those who want to concentrate on ensuring clean air for one or two rooms, portable air purifiers will work well. These can be moved around easily to clean the air in a given room. Then there are the more effective whole-home air purifiers and sanitizers. These are usually integrated into the existing HVAC system for another layer of protection against indoor air pollutants. Again, discussing options with an HVAC professional is a good idea.
Stay On Top of Household Cleaning
Lastly, keeping up with household cleaning can also help improve indoor air quality — especially when combined with the options above. Homeowners can enjoy cleaner air by regularly dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and generally keeping the house clean. This also helps prevent the HVAC system from getting worn and dirty prematurely, which has the added benefit of helping the system last longer and work more reliably. Plus, it’s good for mental health and well-being when the house is clean and relatively tidy.
By talking to a knowledgeable HVAC technician, homeowners can determine whether they are dealing with poor indoor air quality. With these tips in mind, it’s easier for homeowners to work toward a solution that will improve their indoor air quality!
About Hales AC
The team at Hales AC are pet-friendly technicians serving St. Pete, FL, and the surrounding areas since 1986. They provide flat-rate pricing, personal solutions, financing, and payment plans. Call them today for filter replacements or air purifier services in St. Petersburg, FL.