Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality

May 1, 2024 | Pollutants, Air Filters, Air Purifier, Airborne, Contaminants, Dehumidifier, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality, iWave-R, Pollution, UV Lights, Whole-home

In recognition of National Clean Air Month, it’s important to highlight an often-overlooked aspect of home comfort and health: the quality of indoor air, also known as indoor air quality. Frequently overlooked due to its invisibility, the significance of the air we breathe is usually underestimated until issues arise. Nonetheless, the quality of the air within our homes is crucial for maintaining our overall health. So, your professionals at Xenia Heating & Air Conditioning have taken it into our hands to talk about the most common oversights by homeowners that significantly reduce indoor air quality (IAQ). 

Air Filters 

Regularly changing your air filters, though it may appear to be a minor task, plays a crucial role in preserving optimal indoor air quality (IAQ). Air filters serve as the primary barrier against airborne pollutants, including dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles. When these filters become clogged, airflow is not only impeded but the accumulated contaminants can also be recirculated into your living space which lowers your indoor air quality. 

Consider the following recommendations: 

  • Adhere to manufacturer guidelines – it is advisable to replace filters every 1 to 2 months, depending on the type of filter, presence of pets, allergies, and frequency of use. 
  • Implement a schedule – it is beneficial to routinely inspect the filter on a monthly basis. On top of that, calendar reminders can be an effective strategy for those who may forget When you diligently change your air filters, you will enhance airflow and improve the air quality within your home. 

High Humidity 

Excess moisture can lead to mold growth, which is a significant IAQ concern and allergen trigger. If high humidity levels in your home are a regular occurrence, it may be time to invest in a good, whole-home dehumidifier. Bear in mind that excessive moisture is not only uncomfortable to dwell in, but it also isn’t good for your respiratory system. Don’t know where to start? No problem! Give us a call and we can guide you in the right direction!   

Odors & Stuffy Air 

In-home odors are nothing to be ashamed of; they are a normal part of life. However, multiple odors piled up on top of each other can cause your home to feel stuffy, and it will also lower your indoor air quality (IAQ). 

Address these odors and their underlying pollutants by: 

  • Getting a whole-home air purifier: Consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier. These systems are engineered to integrate with your HVAC system, capturing and neutralizing odors and pollutants. The iWave-R, an air-purifying device we recommend, emits ions that reduce allergens, and eliminate mold, bacteria, and viruses. Furthermore, the iWave-R offers the convenience of a self-cleaning feature, significantly reducing maintenance efforts for our clients after the initial setup. This feature ensures hassle-free operation. 
  • Getting UV Lights: UV lights are another fantastic option, as they can be installed in conjunction with your HVAC system. They are specifically designed for installation within your air ducts or air handler, enabling them to neutralize airborne bacteria and pollutants as air circulates through your system before being distributed throughout your home. Additionally, UB lights are great because they require minimal maintenance. Their bulbs only need replacement every two to three years. This task can be efficiently performed by your HVAC technician during your annual maintenance visits. 

Your home serves as your sanctuary, a space where safety and comfort are paramount. An essential component of cultivating such an environment involves guaranteeing that the air quality within your home does not adversely affect your health. By meticulously attending to the details and implementing proactive strategies, you can markedly enhance your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Keep in mind, tt is the accumulation of small, yet consistent efforts that ultimately contribute to significant improvements over time. 

Allow us to assist you in navigating your air quality journey. We’d be honored! Call Xenia Heating & Air today at (937) 708-8451, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here