When people think of air pollution, they usually think of the outdoors. While this is an important issue, indoor air pollution is also a very real problem. Not only do most people spend most of their time inside, but indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Dust, bacteria, dirt, and other harmful contaminants are found indoors. Here are 5 ways to improve indoor air quality.

Improve indoor air quality with HVAC inspections.

AC units are one of the most effective tools for improving the air quality in your home. These systems help to keep air circulating while filtering out particles. Having your AC inspected seasonally ensures it’s running properly and efficiently.

The changing of the seasons will take a toll on your HVAC system, so it’s a good idea to time these inspections accordingly. If professionals uncover any problems, take care of them promptly so your home stays safe and comfortable all year long.

Change your AC unit’s air filter.

The AC unit sends air through a filter to remove pollutants. These filters are specifically designed to allow air to pass through while catching dust, small particles of dirt, and other contaminants. These AC filters need to be replaced regularly to continue functioning properly. Homeowners can easily improve indoor air quality simply by changing the air filter.

Look for other filters in your home.

While AC filters are the most important and effective tools for removing pollutants, don’t forget about other filters in the home. Dryers, kitchen vents, vacuum cleaners, and even some kitchen appliances have filters that trap contaminants.

Check and change these filters as needed. Cleaning the debris from some filters might suffice, otherwise, they should be replaced as needed so they stay effective. Most filters come with replacement recommendations from the manufacturer.

Clear out your home’s duct system.

While AC units are the powerhouses that pump air throughout your home, air ducts are responsible for carrying and distributing air throughout your house. Over time, these ducts can become filled with hair, dander, dust, and other debris. Mold can grow in these spaces if there is moisture.

Dirty ducts reintroduce contaminants into your home’s air. Clearing out your duct system improves indoor air quality and energy efficiency. This might even save you on monthly utility costs. Schedule a professional duct cleaning every few years.

Use vent fans to improve indoor air quality.

Cooking vents are designed to keep your kitchen from filling up with smoke, heat, and food smells. Like any vents, they are also designed to improve indoor air quality. Some of the most common air contaminants are byproducts of cooking. Nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants should be removed as quickly as possible. You can use vent fans and open windows to help filter these outdoors.

Likewise, always use the vent fan in your bathroom during and after showering or bathing to draw moisture and steam outdoors.

There are many effective ways to improve indoor air quality. Reduce the number of pollutants being put into the air and keep your systems and appliances running smoothly.

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