Think your home is your sanctuary from all the sneezes and wheezes of the outside world? Think again! Your cozy living room could harbor more unwanted guests than you're aware! According to the American Lung Association, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And when we batten down the hatches for winter, we're not just keeping the cold out—we're trapping dust, mold, and who-knows-what-else inside.
But fear not! We have some simple yet effective tips on improving indoor air quality and making your home the health-safe haven it's meant to be, especially during these colder months.
Duct Cleaning and Maintenance
Dirt and debris accumulating in your ductwork can impair indoor air quality. Regular inspection and cleaning of air ducts and sealing them can prevent the transfer of pollutants into your indoor air.
The air filters in your HVAC system are essential in trapping indoor air pollutants. However, the filters must be properly maintained. During winter, when your heating system is in constant use, check and replace dirty air filters regularly to ensure they effectively filter out pollutants.
iWAVE Air Purifier
Consider investing in an innovative air purifying technology that uses ions to neutralize pathogens, allergens, particles, and odors, effectively cleaning the air without generating harmful by-products suitable for enhancing indoor air quality.
HEPA Filtration Systems and UV Light
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters capture minute particles, while UV light technology disinfects the air by eliminating bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, significantly improving indoor air cleanliness.
Whole-Home Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Maintaining the right level of humidity can make all the difference in how comfortable you feel in your home. A humidifier can alleviate dry conditions during cold weather months, while a dehumidifier restricts the growth of household allergens like dust mites, mildew, and mold in warmer months. Keeping an ideal indoor humidity level can stop the growth of these allergens before they start and help prevent some bacteria and virus growth.
Keep it Clean
Dust and other pollutants like mold, pollen, and dust mites become more prevalent in winter. Regular dusting and frequent vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner can significantly reduce these airborne irritants. When using cleaning products, opt for non-toxic varieties and ensure proper ventilation when harsh chemicals are necessary.
Whether you need help with your HVAC system, are considering an iWAVE Air Purifier, or want advice on improving indoor air quality, our team of experts is here to help. Call Atlas Butler 24/7 at 1-800-FURNACE to speak with a representative, or visit atlasbutler.com to schedule your maintenance check and air duct cleaning.