While it’s not always evident by sight or sound, the air in your home is very likely a lot dirtier than the air outside. Considering how much of your life is spent indoors, polluted indoor air can impair both your health and quality of life.
This issue is made all the worse because of modern residential construction methods that stress weatherproofing. When your house is tightly protected against extreme outside temperatures, there is no natural way to exchange dirty indoor air with fresh outside air. That’s why it’s so important to take action to ensure proper ventilation and protect indoor air quality.
Following are four tried-and-true ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality:
- Go to the source. If you can reduce sources of dirty air inside your house, you’re already ahead of the game. Try to avoid using substances and products with chemicals and/or volatile organic compounds. Go for natural products when possible, and when you use chemical-based products, store and dispose of them carefully.
- Improve ventilation. This can be as simple as opening windows and doors when the weather is mild. Throughout the year, turn on bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans when using these rooms, and leave them on for a while afterward. Consider mechanical ventilation systems that aggressively exchange inside/outside air.
- Clean and purify the air. Consider installing a dedicated air-purifying system, either stand-alone or incorporated into your home’s central cooling and heating system. The best of these units combine technological strategies to filter and clean indoor air.
- Control humidity. Healthy air falls between extremes of humidity and dryness, and during certain seasons, your household air can get too moist or too dry. Consider portable dehumidifiers (or humidifiers, depending on your needs) for humidity problems limited to small areas. Whole-house dehumidifiers and humidifiers can work with your HVAC system to control humidity throughout your home.
These aren’t the only ways of ensuring good indoor air quality. For more information on how to enjoy fresh and healthy air in your Monmouth County home, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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