The quality of the air you breathe in your Raleigh home plays more of a role in your overall health than you realize. As pollutants increase in the outdoor environment, it has become important to have clean, quality air circulating in your home. Read on to learn more about what you can do to improve your indoor air quality.
The Importance of Proper Indoor Air Quality
Proper indoor air quality can be achieved through your HVAC setup. A few of the most common air pollutants that can reduce your indoor air quality include:
- Pet dander
- Secondhand smoke
- Combustion pollutants (nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.)
Benefits of Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Indoor humidity plays a major role in indoor air quality. Air that is too dry or too moist makes for an unhealthy living environment.
Home humidifiers and dehumidifiers help you maintain the humidity level in your home at a healthy level of between 35 and 50 percent. You can also improve your home’s air quality by:
- Adding an air purifier to your HVAC system
- Regularly changing your HVAC system’s air filter
- Testing for radon
- Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping regularly
- Opening windows and doors to let in outside air
- Forbidding people to smoke in your home
Benefits of Indoor Air Cleaners
There are many types of air cleaners, including tabletop models and expansive whole-house systems. Some models are more effective at removing particles from the air than others; although, no air cleaner is specifically designed to rid gaseous pollutants from the home.
An Air cleaner’s efficiency depends on the amount of air the cleaner is able to draw through its filtering element and how well the system is able to collect pollutants. As with any system, the long-term effectiveness of a system depends on proper upkeep and maintenance.
Assess the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home
Children, the elderly, people with asthma, and those with weakened immune systems are more sensitive to air pollutants. Contact Cape Fear Air today to learn more about how you can improve your indoor air quality.
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