Knowing Your Air Quality Options

Improving Your Home’s Air Quality

Did you know that the outside air is often better quality than your indoor home air? This might be crazy to think of, but the truth is there are a lot of factors that lead to more inferior indoor air quality throughout your home.

Though there are many options and systems, such as humidifiers and air purifiers, out there, beyond making these critical investments, you should consider the cause behind your poor air quality in the first place.

By understanding the habits or home factors that could be causing your poor air quality, you can take the proper steps to improve it. Here’s what you should know about your air quality and the options available to fix it.

Consider Your Humidity Levels

One factor of good air quality is your humidity level. Most of us know that high humidity levels lead to excess moisture and eventually lead to mold and mildew, but most don’t consider the side effects low humidity can have on their home, too.

When humidity is lacking in the air, there is a whole list of complications that can come along with it also. For starters, you may experience dry, itchy skin or sinus issues. If you have wood furniture or floors, you could notice damage or splitting.

Overall, it would be best if you kept a proper balance of humidity whenever you can. This could be accomplished with either a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on what your issue is.

Consider Changing Your Air Filters

Another easy, but often ignored, step of the air quality puzzle is your HVAC systems air filter. These filters work hard to stop dust, debris, and other allergens from getting blown around your home. However, when they aren’t changed regularly, the debris and dust they filter out can become caked on to the filter, reducing their effectiveness, and putting extra stress on your system.

By forgetting to change your filters, you are now allowing dust and debris to linger in your air since your filter can no longer work as it should. It’s also essential to understand the type of filter you have. There are a variety of options available for your allergy needs, and if you feel like yours is not cutting it, it might be time to consider a new model.

Look at Your Cleaning Habits

Though you might be on top of your weekly dusting and vacuuming, what about the deep-cleaning items? Your blinds, curtains, and ceiling fans can all hold on to dust and allergens if not cleaned regularly. Adding these items in biweekly can ensure you get rid of any dust or linger dander, so your air quality stays high.

Consider a Remodel

Ever consider ditching the carpet? For allergy or asthma sufferers, it might be worth the investment. Carpet fibers can hold onto allergens and increase symptoms. Though vacuuming regularly can help, it doesn’t always get everything, and symptoms can persist. If removing all rugs aren’t an option at the moment, you may want to consider a new vacuum, preferably one with a HEPA filter. These models are perfect for pet owners or allergy sufferers, as they provide the highest level of filtration in a vacuum model.

Add Some Decor

Need some greenery in your home? Well, besides adding a bit of flair, many indoor plants can also help clean your indoor air too. So next time you decide to decorate your house with some green and luscious potted plants, be sure to choose a type that can help your air, like bamboo palm or pot mum.

Speak to a Professional

If you feel like your air quality is severely in need of some help, our professionals can help you find the best solution for you. The professionals at RR Electric, Heating, and Air will inspect your home and offer the best solution for you. Whether it be an air purifier or a dehumidifier you need, call (805) 900-0123 to get started today!