The majority of homeowners don’t realize that their inside air can be (and typically is) more polluted than the outside air. Not just a little bit, but up to 2 to 5 times more polluted according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). One of the biggest reasons why indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air is because the outdoor environment has natural air cleaners and purifiers like UV rays from the sun, plants, and trees that can trap air pollutants. Another big reason is the excessive amount of pollutants generated from the home that cannot escape. Because homes are becoming more and more insulated and tightly sealed, all of those pollutants have nowhere to go. Your IAQ (indoor air quality) not only can negatively impact your health but can also hurt your heating and air conditioning system. The team at HERO Heating & Air is here to help you improve your Mount Pleasant, South Carolina home’s IAQ so you and your family can live a healthier life.
4 Ways to Improve Your IAQ
Regularly Replace Your Air Filters
Regularly changing out your air filters is not only one of the best things you can do for your indoor air quality, but it is also one of the best things to do for your heating and air conditioning system as a whole. Your air filters trap any debris, dust, and other pollutants that flow through your duct system. When they become too dirty, they can no longer effectively trap pollutants which decreases your IAQ. Clogged filters also restrict airflow which forces your HVAC system to work harder than needed.
Check Your Household Cleaners & Beauty Products
Even though the majority of household cleaners are invented to clean your home, they can actually do the opposite to your air. Many cleaners actually dirty your indoor air which can potentially make you sick. Some cleaners, paints, and other chemical-based products release harmful volatile organic compounds into the air. These VOCs can cause some minor and serious respiratory problems. Make sure you are checking your household cleaners, hairsprays, perfumes, etc. before purchasing them to ensure they will not negatively impact your IAQ.
Consider Cleaning Your Air Ducts
While cleaning your ductwork is not something that needs to be done often, it still needs to be done every once in a while. Since all of the air in your home will eventually make its way through your ductwork and duct system, it’s a good idea to keep it clean. This will not only improve your IAQ but will also help with the efficiency of your HVAC system & its equipment.
Have a Professional Inspect Your HVAC System & Ventilation
Finally, having a licensed and professional heating and air conditioning technician come to your home to inspect your system is extremely important. Not only for your HVAC system but also for your IAQ. They can tell you if your home has too much moisture, poor ventilation, dirty ducts, etc. If you are wanting to learn more about how you can improve the indoor air quality in your Mount Pleasant, South Carolina home, give HERO Heating & Air a call today!