Even if you live well outside the urban and industrial centers of Pennsylvania, the indoor air quality of your home may not be as pure as you think. There are dozens of potential sources of air pollutants that can impact you regardless of the region or type of home you live in. That’s why every responsible resident should take a few basic steps to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
Check Ducts and Filters
Even some of the most diligent homeowners forget to change or clean their air intake filters regularly. The consequences of expired filters aren’t always evident right away, but it can have a profound negative impact on air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system. Homes with central heating and air should also have routine system maintenance and duct cleaning to remove dust, allergens and other pollutants.
Control Humidity Levels
High humidity levels encourage biological growth, which can expose residents to serious health hazards if left unchecked. Excess moisture in the air can also be uncomfortable and could pose problems to people with respiratory health issues. Homeowners typically have several options for addressing this problem, including installing humidity-reducing air purifier units or adding components to their existing system.
Ventilate Key Areas
Homeowners who want to maximize air quality should consider ventilating areas of the home where pollutants are typically generated. Common air pollutant sources include any kind of combustion, like cooking in the kitchen, tobacco use or an active fireplace. Windows, fans and vents all play an important role in mitigating these pollutant sources. Ventilation and air purification can also help reduce levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Good air quality is an integral component of a healthy indoor environment. Exposure to household pollutants can have serious long-term consequences for everyone in the home, so it’s always a good idea to take a proactive stance on the issue. Learn how to improve indoor air quality with Woodruff and Smith’s indoor air quality solutions or contact us for more information.