Let Your Air Flow Freely with 2 Indoor Air Quality Facts
Is your home’s indoor air quality lacking? You may be surprised to learn that unless you have already taken steps to improve the quality of the air inside your home, it may not exactly be freely flowing, and it may not be as clean as you would prefer.
The idea of your home’s air not being fresh and clean may be a disturbing realization, but it’s worth it if it spurs you into action. Here are two indoor air quality facts you need to know:
#1: Changing the Air Filter Regularly Is Essential
A once-in-a-while air filter change for HVAC is not going to cut it. The typical, pet-free home will need a new air filter every three months. If there is a dog or cat present, it’s ideal to change every two months. If you have someone in the home with allergies or if you have more than one pet, consider changing the air filter every 20 to 45 days!
A dirty air filter can clog your system and prevent the air from circulating effectively, which means the system can’t do its job to clean contaminants and debris from the air. By changing the filter regularly, you will give your HVAC system the best opportunity possible to create healthy indoor air.
#2: Even Cleaning Products Can Contaminate the Air
The idea of unhealthy indoor air is confusing for some homeowners. How does it get dirty? There are numerous contaminants that can impact air quality, including:
- Toxins from cleaning products, paint and even personal care products like deodorants and hair spray
- Mold or mildew
- Pet dander
- Smoking in the home or residue from burning oil and cooking sprays
- Radon, asbestos, formaldehyde and led may also be present in older homes