Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality 

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Celebrate National Clean Air Month with us! A key, yet often overlooked, component to your home’s comfort and health is air quality. We usually don’t give it much thought until issues arise, but the air we breathe is crucial for our overall health. In this comprehensive guide, your experts at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling will detail the common blunders homeowners make that can negatively affect their indoor air quality (IAQ). Let’s dive into how you can avoid these mistakes and ensure your home’s air remains clean and healthy. 

Do You Skip Your Air Filter Changes? 

Ensuring the cleanliness of your air filters is not just a minor task; it’s a crucial step in preserving superior Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Air filters serve as the frontline defense against common airborne pollutants, including dust, pollen, and pet dander. So, neglecting these filters can lead to not only impeded airflow but also the re-circulation of trapped pollutants into your living spaces. By keeping them clean, you safeguard your home’s air quality, ensuring a healthier environment for you and your loved ones. 

To do this, consider the following:   

  • Adhere to Manufacturer Recommendations – It’s crucial to replace filters every 1 to 2 months, as advised. The frequency depends on various elements, including the type of filter, the presence of pets, allergies, and how often the system is used. 
  • Implement a Regular Checking Routine – It’s wise to systematically inspect your filter each month. A helpful strategy for those who might easily forget this task is setting up a reminder on your calendar. 

Committing to regular filter changes is a key step in ensuring optimal airflow and elevating the air quality within your home. This straightforward maintenance task is an essential component of your home’s overall health, contributing to a cleaner, more efficient living environment.  

Do You Ignore Moisture in Your Home? 

If you suspect you are dealing with particularly high humidity levels in your home, it’s time to address it. Regular encounters with high humidity levels in your home are a great indication that your home will benefit from the installation of a high-quality, whole-home dehumidifier. This is because not only does excessive moisture create an uncomfortable living environment, but it also poses risks to your respiratory health as mold and mildew are likely to thrive. Unsure of how to begin? Feel free to reach out to us for specialized assistance in navigating your humidity problems. 

Do You Have Odors Taking Over Your Home?   

In-home odors are a natural part of life. Although there is nothing to be ashamed of, keep in mind that when they are allowed to build up, they can take over your home and lower the overall air quality. 

You can tackle these odors and their root causes by: 

  • Boosting Your Home’s Air Quality with a Whole-Home Air Purifier: Installing a whole-home air purifier can be a game-changer. These systems are engineered to integrate seamlessly with your HVAC system, capturing and neutralizing odors along with harmful pollutants. We especially recommend the iWave-R model for its proven efficacy in reducing allergens, and its ability to neutralize bacteria and viruses.  
  • Enhancing Your Home’s Air Quality with UV Lights: Integrating UV lights with your HVAC system to elevate your home’s air quality. These units, designed for seamless integration within your air ducts or air handler, actively neutralize airborne bacteria and pollutants, ensuring the air circulated throughout your home is purified. A notable advantage of opting for UV lights is their minimal maintenance requirement. The bulbs typically only require replacement once every 2-3 years, a task that can conveniently be handled by your HVAC technician during the annual maintenance visit.  

Your home is your haven, a sanctuary where comfort and safety are paramount. Central to achieving this ambiance is the quality of the air you breathe, which plays a critical role in maintaining your health. By focusing on the finer points and adopting these preventive strategies, you can successfully enhance the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your living space. 

Allow us to be your navigators in enhancing your home’s air quality! Call Mount Washington Heating & Cooling today at (513) 655-5115, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!  

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