The air quality inside your home is almost always lower than the quality of the outdoor air. Indoor air that is of a low quality can cause sore throats, asthma, allergies, eye irritations, colds, flu, dizziness, fatigue and depression. Luckily there are affordable solutions that can help you improve the indoor air quality, thereby protecting the health of your family.
3 Tips to Keep Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality High
1. Assess & Reduce Types of Pollutants in Your Home
- Biological particles, including molds, bacteria, spores, parasites, animal dander, viruses and pollen.
- Non-biological particles including smoke, dust and heavy metals.
- Gases including fumes from paint, adhesives, pesticides, cleaning products and petroleum products.
2. Utilize Available Cleaning Technology
- Filtration – mechanical or electrostatic filter systems physically trap particles in a filter. These types of air cleaning systems are effective for the removal of particles and biological pollutants.
- Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) – UV lamps and a catalyst that reacts with the UV lamps are used in this type of air cleaning technology. These types of air cleaners can be used for the removal of particles, gases and biological pollutants.
- Negative Ionization – with this type of technology charged particles are dispersed into the air that attach to pollutant particles, thereby forcing the pollutants to settle faster.
- Ozone – activated oxygen breaks down biological contaminants.
3. Clean & Maintain Your Home
- Vacuum carpets regularly.
- Clean or replace the air filters of your HVAC system regularly.
- Repair any leaks in the duct system and ensure that it is properly insulated.
- Weatherproof your house.
- Use houseplants to help filter the indoor air.
- Invest in additional air cleaners or filters if the indoor air quality is unacceptable.
Keep the quality of indoor air high in order to prevent health problems from developing. Contact your local HVAC contractor and arrange for an indoor air quality test to highlight potential problem areas.
For more expert advice and assistance with indoor air quality and other HVAC-related issues, please contact us at Arpi’s Industries, Ltd. We have been serving satisfied homeowners in Calgary for more than 50 years.
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