When a home is closed up during the winter, the indoor air gets stuffy and stale. As a result, allergens like dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander will build up in the air. A forced-air heating system worsens the problem by continually circulating the allergens throughout your home. If you’d like to learn how to improve indoor air quality at your house, you can take steps yourself to alleviate the problem. If your DIY fixes do not deliver sufficient results, professional indoor air quality services would be the next step.
Good indoor air quality contributes to your health. Excessive allergens in the air can irritate the respiratory tract. Sneezing, coughing, or watery eyes can make you and your family miserable. For some people, asthma attacks become more frequent due to bad indoor air. Poor ventilation can cause moisture problems that promote mold growth. The effects of mold spores can range from coughing to headaches to nausea. By correcting indoor air pollution, you’ll reduce respiratory irritation and illness.
If you live in the Delaware Valley or at the Jersey Shore and would like recommendations on how to improve your indoor air quality, contact the experts at Oliver today. We’ve been the most trusted source of healthy home air in the area for over 50 years.
Tools and Equipment
- Vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter
- Air purifier
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality Step by Step
- Change your furnace filter every one to three months.
- You may need a screwdriver to open your furnace’s duct system to access the filter.
- Remove the old filter and insert a new filter to collect dust and allergens.
- Vacuum carpets and area rugs twice a week to remove dust, dander, and other particles from the environment.
- Do this chore with a vacuum outfitted with a HEPA filter.
- For hard-surface floors, vacuum or mop them every week. In general, hard floors are easier to keep free of dust. In some cases, allergy sufferers remove all carpeting to improve their indoor air quality.
- Wash bedding, curtains, and drapes regularly because particles collect on these fabric items.
- Items that can go in the washing machine should be washed in hot, 130-degree water according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
- Some draperies cannot go through the washing machine, but you can vacuum them.
- Place special covers on your pillows and mattresses that inhibit dust mites.
- If your home has clutter, then you should strive to organize your possessions and throw out unneeded items. Clutter creates numerous surfaces and crevices where dust can build up. In general, less clutter means fewer particles collecting in your indoor environment.
- You may need to consider giving away your houseplants if you’re struggling with allergies. Although they are nice to have, the plants and their soil may be harboring molds. Their spores could be aggravating your health.
- Look into having your ducts cleaned. Your air ducts could be harboring large amounts of dust and other allergens. If you recently did remodeling work, then sawdust and drywall dust may have collected in your ducts. Oliver can look in your ducts to see if any problems have developed.
- Buy one or more air purifiers. These machines will reduce allergens in the home although they cannot eliminate them entirely. They are a good compromise if pet dander bothers you, but you want to keep your furry family member.
- Place air purifiers in your living room and bedroom.
- Investigate your home for moisture issues. For example, a bathroom without a ventilation fan is far more likely to have mildew or mold growth.
- Regularly wash off visible mildew or mold in the bath to reduce the release of mold spores.
- Buy a dehumidifier for the bathroom or musty basement to control moisture. Less humidity means that mold is much less likely to grow.
- To take firm control of your indoor air quality, you could consider mechanical solutions that address the whole home. Air scrubbers, filters, ventilation, and humidity control can tackle substantial indoor air quality problems.
Ask Oliver for Help With Indoor Air Quality Solutions
As the most trusted heating and cooling company in the area, we are experts in indoor comfort and ventilation. Our expert HVAC technicians can evaluate the sources of your air quality problem. We provide the following solutions:
- Duct cleaning to remove excessive dust and debris.
- Air scrubbers that clean exterior air and bring it into the home.
- Humidifier installation to correct problems related to overly dry air, especially in the winter.
- Dehumidifier installation to eliminate mold issues, especially in the summer.
- ERV and HRV installation to recover heat energy from air exhausted by a heating system. It serves as a ventilation system by drawing in fresh air. At the same time, it recaptures heat energy that would otherwise go to waste.
At Oliver we’re proud to service homeowners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. If you’re tired of irritating or stale air, contact us about indoor air quality services today.