Three Key Strategies To Boost Your Indoor Air Quality
Many of us think of air pollution as being an “outdoor” problem. However, poor indoor air quality is a significant contributor to short- and long-term health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Just a single exposure to an indoor irritant can cause headaches, watery eyes, nausea or other problems. Health problems can grow more serious after longer exposure.
Improving your indoor air quality may be as easy (and inexpensive) as changing some habits. You may also decide to make some improvements to your ventilation system or add air-cleaning equipment to your home.
Here are three key strategies to improve your home’s indoor air quality:
- Stop pollution at its source. Products you bring into your home may be releasing harmful contaminants into the air. Take a look at your household cleaners or the materials the hobbyist in your home works with, such as paints or glues. Then consider your home’s furnishings. Damp carpet, cabinets made of pressed wood and even some furniture can release harmful contaminants. Furnaces and space heaters, your kitchen range, and other appliances that burn fuel can also hurt your indoor air quality.
- Improve your ventilation. Today’s well-sealed homes lack “infiltration” — the movement of air in and out of the house around doors and windows and through gaps and cracks in walls and floors. Opening doors and windows to facilitate ventilation helps, but it is not always practical. Consider improving your home’s mechanical ventilation system. Mechanical ventilation might be as simple as installing a couple of vented fans that exhaust air outdoors. A more sophisticated system might use a series of fans to distribute fresh air through your home’s ductwork.
- Use air-cleaning equipment. Depending on your needs — starting with whether you are trying to remove gaseous pollutants or particles from your air — a range of air-cleaning equipment can help. Small portable units target just one room. Whole-house systems may be installed in your existing HVAC system.
For help taking stock of your indoor air quality and identifying ways to improve it, contact the heating and cooling experts at Beyer Boys. We proudly serve homeowners in San Antonio and the surrounding communities.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).