7 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

indoor air quality, Orlando, Florida

You spend a lot of time at home, so it makes sense that you want to be sure it’s a safe haven with clean air. Did you know indoor air can be two to five times dirtier than outdoor air because pollutants are more concentrated within the well-sealed structure?

You and your family are breathing in everything from dust and fumes from cleaning supplies to bacteria, which grow in humid areas.

Here are seven tips to improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep your household healthy:

  1. Be aware of the products and chemicals in your home. If you clean using harsh chemicals such as oven cleaners, you may be bringing in particles which will stay in your indoor air. Try to use the mildest cleaning products that will also get the job done.
  2. Dispose of excess chemicals. If you’ve just finished a painting project or revarnished a piece of furniture, don’t leave the old chemicals sitting around your house. Even in storage, they may off-gas harmful fumes. Instead, search for chemical disposal facilities in our area.
  3. Weather permitting, use natural airflow for ventilation. If you can open a window to get in fresh air, do it! Ventilation exchanges old, stale air with clean outdoor air. When the outdoor weather is nice, take advantage of it.
  4. Use mechanical ventilation in high-fume or high-moisture areas. Ventilating fans and hoods are especially useful in kitchen, bathroom and workshop areas.
  5. Replace air filters in HVAC equipment regularly. Clogged air filters mean that air doesn’t circulate as well through your home. Check air filters monthly and replace them as soon as dirt and dust begins accumulating, or every three months at a minimum.
  6. Add fresh-air intakes and heat recovery ventilators. Adding a fresh air intake can bring good air into your home, and a heat recovery ventilator keeps the incoming air conditioned even during the heating and cooling seasons.
  7. Keep moisture at bay. Managing moisture may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much moisture there is in your indoor air naturally, and how little it takes for mold and mildew to grow. Clean up water spills immediately and as soon as you spot a water leak, have it repaired ASAP.

Just for fun! Take this Indoor Air Quality Quiz from Carrier to find out how much you know about indoor air quality.

Give us a call at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning if you’re interested in improving your indoor air quality or if you just want to learn more.  We’re happy to help homeowners throughout Orlando and Central Florida breathe easier!

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