Breathe Easy: 5 Ways to Take Indoor Air Quality to the Next Level
Modern homes, with their tighter construction and greater focus on energy efficiency, allow homeowners to save on energy bills. However, there’s a down-side to this in that a tight home also tends to trap airborne pollutants, which can accumulate and threaten the health of occupants. The good news? There are a number of ways to improve indoor air quality in your Jacksonville area home both winter and summer.
Take Indoor Air Quality to the Next Level
- Get an efficient air filter – If the HVAC system’s air filter is doing a good job of removing airborne contaminants, the indoor air will be cleaner. Check the filter monthly and replace it when it looks dirty.
- Reduce sources of pollution – This is a no-brainer. If you’re not spraying or using chemical-laden solutions like pesticides, cleaners and air fresheners in your home, those chemicals won’t build up in your indoor air. Find natural alternatives to these products.
- Undertake a radon test – Unbeknownst to you, your home may contain hazardous radon gas that has infiltrated the basement and living spaces from the ground below. You can purchase the testing kit at your local home improvement store, then send in the results in for testing.
- Improve ventilation – You can compensate for your newer home’s tight construction by taking steps to improve ventilation and indoor air quality. Options include attic and window fans, exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, and — the easiest solution of all — opening windows during mild weather. If your home has a particularly bad problem with indoor air quality, consider more aggressive mechanical ventilation, such as a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV).
- Control indoor humidity – When relative humidity gets too high or too low, indoor air can be adversely impacted. Find and fix sources of moisture such as leaky pipes and foundations, and use a whole-house or portable dehumidifier (depending on the scope of the humidity problem) during our muggy summers.
For more tips on improving indoor air quality in your Jacksonville area home, contact us at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning.
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