Attack Indoor Air Pollutants On Three Fronts

Fall is here and with the weather cooling off outside, you’re keeping your San Antonio home sealed up tight. A tightly sealed home conserves energy, but it can also cause indoor air quality to suffer. This means now is the time to pay attention to the accumulation of indoor air pollutants and attack them on the following three fronts.

Source control

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you can stop indoor air pollutants at the source, you’ll automatically have cleaner indoor air. Try these tips:

  • Adjust combustion appliances to decrease emissions.
  • If you smoke, do so outside.
  • Fix pipe leaks and clean up standing water to discourage mold growth.
  • Install hardwood flooring instead of carpet.

Ventilation

There are two primary ways to ventilate your home, which is the process of replacing indoor air with outdoor air. These include:

  • Whole-house ventilation: Controlled ventilation is an effective way to fight indoor air pollutants. Energy recovery ventilators conserve energy by preheating cool, clean incoming air with the energy from warm, stale outgoing air. Supply vents are distributed evenly throughout the home for uniform ventilation.
  • Localized ventilation: Exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are useful for ventilating particularly moist, polluted areas. Run these fans only as needed, since constantly running exhaust fans will pressurize the home and encourage indoor air to infiltrate your walls.

Air Cleaning

When used alongside source control and ventilation, air purifiers can be incredibly effective at reducing indoor air pollutants. The two main types of air cleaners include:

  • Whole-house air cleaners: These generally refer to media air filters that trap dust and other debris as air circulates through the HVAC system.
  • Portable air cleaners: These provide additional air cleaning power in a single room. Depending on the type, portable air cleaners may be able to trap particles, microorganisms or gaseous pollutants for cleaner air in a localized area.

If you’re interested in getting rid of indoor air pollutants in your San Antonio home, please contact Beyer Boys today. We are available to answer all your heating, cooling and air quality questions.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).