With a little planning and the right equipment, there’s a lot you can do to protect your indoor air quality from pollen, mold spores, chemical fumes, the Greater Cleveland area’s urban smog, and other common pollutants.
Reduce indoor contaminants – Chemicals such as paint and pesticides emit harmful fumes, so avoid storing them in your house. An improperly adjusted fuel-burning appliance, such as a gas furnace, can release carbon monoxide (CO). To prevent CO leaks, have your furnace and other equipment inspected on schedule. Clean up any mold patches you find to protect yourself from lung-irritating mold spores.
Clean carefully – When you dust, use a microfiber cloth that picks up dust rather than spreading it the way a rag or feather duster does. For the same reason, microfiber mops are a good choice for your floors. On your carpets and soft furniture, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Improve your filtration – Because standard fiberglass air filters do almost nothing to clean your air, upgrade to a pleated synthetic media filter. If you have allergies or asthma, look for a filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of 10 or 11.
Boost your ventilation – Use the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bath to reduce humidity produced by cooking and showering. Depending on your current indoor air quality, your home may be a good candidate for a balanced ventilation system that both draws out stale air and brings in fresh air.
Maintain a healthy humidity level – Dust mites and mold thrive in humidity levels above 50 percent. If your indoor humidity levels often surpass this, a whole-house dehumidifier can help improve your indoor air quality.
Consider an air cleaner – Air cleaners reduce contaminants better than filters alone. Air cleaners are available to target airborne particles such as dust and pollen, biological contaminants such as mold spores and viruses, as well as chemical fumes and odors. A whole-house air cleaner will purify the air in all your rooms.
Need help improving your home’s air quality? Then contact us at Stack Heating & Cooling, serving the Greater Cleveland area.
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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