Air pollution is a major concern in Cleveland. But did you know that the air inside your home is actually far more polluted than the air outdoors? Dust and other contaminants can exacerbate allergies and asthma as well as causing illness. So what can you do to breathe easier? Here are some HVAC upgrades and other steps you can take to improve your home’s air.
- Ventilation. One of the best ways of improving air quality is to make sure you have plenty of fresh air coming in from outside, to displace the indoor air. This can be as simple as opening up a few windows. In terms of HVAC upgrades, there are some additional steps you can take, such as installing fans, particularly kitchen and bathroom fans that exhaust outdoors. They carry contaminants outside and increase ventilation.
- Air filtration. As air circulates through your HVAC system, impurities are filtered out. But in order to keep your air clean and your system running smoothly and efficiently, it’s necessary to check the filter every month, and replace it regularly.
- Air cleaners. To improve your indoor air quality even more, you can supplement your system’s filter with an additional air cleaner. There are HVAC upgrades to integrate an air cleaner with your existing system to clean your whole house, or you can get a portable one for a single room. There are different types of air cleaners for removing particles or for reducing harmful gases such as carbon monoxide and cigarette smoke.
- Humidity control. The humidity in Ohio can be brutal. Not only is it uncomfortable, it’s also dangerous. If the humidity level in your home rises above 50 percent, it can foster mold, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. Your HVAC system helps to dehumidify the air, but sometimes it needs a little help from an additional whole-house dehumidifier, that allows you to adjust humidity to your desired level and keep it under control.
For more tips on improving indoor air quality and other HVAC upgrades, contact our experts at Stack Heating & Cooling. We’ve been the go-to specialists for home comfort in the Greater Cleveland area since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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