How Do I Improve Indoor Air Quality?

January 30, 2014

Does your home seem extra dry this winter? Do your family members suffer from increased allergens within your home? Does it seem that you’re always shocking yourself as you move from room-to-room? What may surprise homeowners is that all of these are related to the indoor air quality inside their house.

Your home’s indoor air quality can greatly impact your family’s daily life—and luckily it is something that you can impact with everyday habits and proactive HVAC care.

Maintain Humidity Levels

Working to maintain your humidity levels is important for both summer and winter seasons. In the summer, humidity levels in your home should stay below 50 percent. In the winter, humidity levels in your home should stay below 30 percent.

Winter Humidity Levels

In the winter, the air is typically much dryer and many homes require humidifiers and whole-house humidifiers to regain the recommended 30 percent humidity levels. Increasing humidity levels in the winter can:

  • Prevent dry skin and chapped lips
  • Prevent static shock and electricity
  • Improve breathing
  • Make your home feel warmer
  • Improve energy efficiency

Summer Humidity Levels

In the summer it’s important to reduce humidity with an exhaust fan when cooking, showering, and running the dishwasher to reduce the growth of mold and mites. Mold and mildew thrive in very humid areas and a dehumidifier and proper ventilation in your kitchen and bathrooms can help the air quality.

Keep Your Home Smoke-Free

Not smoking within your home is an easily controllable way to improve indoor air quality. Your air filtration systems will not spread the smoky odor through your home’s ductwork and the air your family breathes will be much better.

Replace Air Filters Regularly

It’s important that you replace your air filters each month during periods of high use for your AC or furnace. Air filters help catch contaminants within your air and if they are full, they will not effectively filter the air. That means that potentially hazardous air will be cycled through your home.

To gain ideal indoor air quality, you may need to change your air filters more regularly if:

  • You or a family member suffers from allergies
  • Your home is located on a busy, high-traffic street
  • Your family pets shed a lot of hair and dander

Keep Floors Clean

Pollutants and allergens can collect on the floors and baseboards of your home. Keeping them clean by vacuuming and mopping can increase your indoor air quality. Be sure to keep mats and entry and exit floors clean too!

Circulate Air

Ceiling fans may only seem useful in the summertime, but many models actually have a winter setting. In the winter setting, ceiling fans will work to push the rising heat down in the rooms to your level. Keeping your ceiling fans on throughout the year will help circulate air throughout your house—improving the air quality from room to room.

Schedule Duct Cleaning

You might be amazed at the amount of dirt and dust that can collect in your ducts—even with replacing your air filters every month. It’s recommended that you schedule an annual ductwork inspection and cleaning to ensure that you have high indoor air quality behind the scenes of your walls.

Professionally Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you’re wondering how to reduce allergens and improve your home’s air quality, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling today for more assistance! We provide heating and cooling services throughout the entire Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Rick’s Heating & Cooling has the experience, expertise, and tools necessary to complete your service in a timely and affordable manner to make sure your Ohio home is comfortable season after season.

In addition to regular HVAC services, Rick’s can also evaluate your home’s indoor air quality with our 10-Point Healthy Home Checklist. The quality of your indoor air is extremely important to the health and well-being of your home and family. We can check your home for risk factors and advise you on the steps you need to take to improve your home’s air quality, including air cleaners, humidity control, and more. Contact us today to schedule your inspection!