People tend to equate air pollution with factory fumes and car exhaust. However, various contaminants affect air quality, and many are found indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutant levels inside a home can be two to five times higher than those outside. Fortunately, implementing a few routine maintenance tasks and maximizing your heating and cooling system can help purify the air you breathe. Here’s an overview of irritants that could be hiding in your home and how to eliminate them.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Before you can take control of indoor air pollution, you must understand where contaminants come from. Homes harbor many toxins that make their way into ductwork. These are then circulated throughout the house whenever your heating and cooling equipment is running, leading to unhealthy air.
Some of the most common sources of contaminants include air fresheners, household cleaners, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds released from paint and plastics. Dust, pet hair, mold, and home heating appliances, such as gas furnaces and wood-burning fireplaces, are also significant contributors to indoor allergens.
Ways to Improve Air Quality
Proper ventilation and filtration are vital to minimizing harmful pollutants inside your home and fighting against allergies. Thus, you must change your HVAC air filters and clean the ductwork regularly. You can also use a dehumidifier to maintain appropriate humidity levels and install a whole-home air purifier to reduce allergens and chemical emissions. These devices will also help eradicate mold and bacteria.
Another consideration is investing in a ductless heating and cooling system. These operate without ductwork, thereby getting rid of all the contaminants that often build up. Additionally, they contain superior air filters that are more efficient at collecting contaminants.
If your home has poor indoor air quality, reach out to our team at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH, for help finding an effective solution. We offer an array of highly rated products that provide cleaner, fresher air, so you can enjoy a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Our Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors™ are also qualified to install ductless heating and cooling systems that feature the latest in HVAC technology. Call (740) 520-2312 to speak with a knowledgeable professional today, or visit us online for more information on our services.