Getting To Know Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality isn't always as clean as people think. Air quality can affect an individual’s physical health or mental health, so homeowners must continue to strive for the best air quality that they can in their homes.
In this article, homeowners can learn about the different measures they can take to improve the indoor air quality in their homes.
Starting With the Basics: What Is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality refers to the air inside and around buildings, including homes. It also indicates how the air indoors affects the health and well-being of the home’s occupants. Poor indoor air quality can spark allergic reactions, sickness, reduced productivity, tiredness from bad sleep, and poor comfort when indoors.
A home is meant to be a safe place, but poor indoor air quality can prevent this. It’s especially concerning when considering that most people spend most of their days indoors. This is more true now than ever before!
How To Improve Air Quality
Luckily, when people experience poor indoor air quality, there are many different solutions for resolving this common HVAC problem. Here are a few easy ways to improve air quality.
- Change the air filter: If the air filter is already full of dust and dirt, it won’t trap anything more. That means the dust and dirt will start floating through the rest of the house, negatively impacting the indoor air quality.
- Clean the air ducts: Air ducts can hold a lot of dust and dirt buildup. Cleaning them frequently can improve air quality.
- Vacuum often: Dust and other pollutants can also get trapped in fabrics, including carpet. Vacuuming weekly can help remove these pollutants so they don’t get kicked into the air as people are walking.
- Go green: Adding plants or flowers to the home can also help to purify the air.
- Use an air purifier: Air purifiers draw dirt and other particles out of the air to keep the home clean and improve indoor air quality.
What’s Best: Air Purifiers vs. UV Air Sanitizers
When it comes to choosing new HVAC mechanisms, like an air purifier, it’s hard to know which option is best. For instance, what’s the difference between air purifiers and UV air sanitizers, and which is best for the home?
An air purifier does a little more than a standard air filter. Rather than the air passively moving through the standard air filter, air purifiers draw unwanted particles from the air and trap them. A UV air sanitizer takes air purification one step further. It not only traps those particles but uses UV-C light to break down and destroy them. Because of this, UV air sanitizers can kill off airborne pathogens such as mold, bacteria, and viruses.
So which one is best? There is no right answer. It all depends on the specific needs of the house and its occupants. Homeowners should research the best solution that fits their needs or consult with a professional for additional guidance.
About Anderson Heating, Cooling & Plumbing
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