How Do I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
If you are having some trouble with your indoor air quality whether at home or at the office, there are some steps you can take before it’s time to call a professional. Beyond changing your filter, there are more 1-step tricks and some new habits to form, but they can all help your situation.
1. Check Your Humidity Levels
Maintaining the right humidity levels inside your home is an important part of consistently healthy air quality. A healthy humidity level is considered to be between 30%-50%, and if it goes beyond that range, it can cause chronic problems for your indoor air quality.
Unhealthy humidity in your home or office can happen for a variety of reasons, even when it’s not humid outside. It can come from hot showers without a vent or open window, cooking without a vent or open window, or leaky plumbing. Basically, it’s anything that produces concentrated moisture without any opening or vent to help disperse it. If the moisture stays concentrated, it can result in dangers like mold that seriously hurt your indoor air quality.
If just opening windows and turning on vents isn’t cutting it, you can also turn to a dehumidifier. This isn’t always guaranteed to work, and you have to be careful in case they over-dehumidify in certain rooms. If you have any questions regarding the use of dehumidifiers, we recommend you call an HVAC expert.
2. Keep Your Surfaces Clean
This might be a Captain Obvious moment. You may already know that vacuuming and dusting are important to breathing well. Still, we find that this can be a serious issue for many because while they know it’s important, it often gets pushed down in the many priorities of life.
Your carpets, air vents, ceiling fans, and other flat surfaces harbor all sorts of dust and other particles that negatively affect the indoor air quality in your home. Regular cleaning is a must if you are serious about improving your indoor air quality.
Again, if this doesn’t make too much of an impact, the problem might be in your HVAC system itself, and we recommend having an HVAC specialist come diagnose the problem for you. Solutions such as a professionally installed air cleaner might be necessary.
3. Professional HVAC Help
If your humidity is under control and your surfaces are relatively clean but you still aren’t seeing the improvement you want, we recommend you talk with an HVAC professional. Tiger AC’s staff aren’t just experts at cooling your home but in indoor air quality as well, and we can help you figure out what’s keeping your home from having clean, quality air.
At this point, the best step to take next would be to schedule a diagnostic visit so that you can find out what the root of the issue is and what is necessary to fix it.
At the end of the day, if you just want to talk to a real person about your situation, please feel free to contact us! We would love to help you find a solution to your problem.