The best way to protect the air you breathe is to control the sources of air contaminants — in other words, sealing up areas that contain asbestos, minimizing the use of smelly glues and paints and choosing nontoxic household cleaners. However, for some pollutants source control is not always an option. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your indoor air quality even if source control is not possible.
When source control isn’t an option, try:
- Ventilation and air circulation. Keeping the air flowing through your home will help push pollutants out of the house. In addition, proper ventilation and circulation help keep your home smelling fresh and clean throughout the day. You can start by simply opening windows and turning on fans. However, this only works when weather permits it — and those days will grow rare as summer settles in. A more reliable option is to install a ventilation system in your home. There are several types of ventilation systems available, including whole-house systems and single-room units. Single-room vents are typically installed in bathrooms and kitchens, while whole-house ventilation systems are installed as part of your cooling and heating system to ventilate your entire home.
- Air purifiers. Air purifiers typically trap various air contaminants such as dust, dander and spores, improving your indoor air quality. However, air purifiers will not lower levels of radon and carbon monoxide. Air purifiers are available in both stand-alone units and whole-house purifiers. Stand-alone units typically have a lower up-front cost than whole-house systems, but only work in one room at a time. A whole-house purifier treats the entire home with a single unit added to your heating and cooling system.
If you would like more tips on how you can improve your indoor air quality, contact the home-comfort experts at Conditioned Air. We have been providing reliable, professional cooling and heating services throughout Southwest Florida since 1962.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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