With everything that is going on in the world right now, there really is no better time than the present to consider the effects that your indoor air quality has on your health and well-being. What many people don’t realize is that the air inside their home is often much more polluted than the air outside. Part of the reason why the outdoor air is less polluted than the air inside of your home is that the outdoor environment has natural air cleaners such as UV rays from the sun and plants and trees that trap air pollutants. Your indoor air can become contaminated because of the excessive amounts of pollutants that are generated from inside of your homes such as fuel-burning appliances, cleaning products, cigarettes, pet hair, outdoor pollution sources (fertilizers, radon, pesticides, etc.) and excessive moisture to name a few. Below are a few tips on how you can improve your indoor air quality and in turn, improve your overall health and well-being.
Replace Your Air Filters
Remembering to replace your air filters every 1-3 months (depends on your home environment) is one of the best things you can do to trap and collect indoor air pollutants throughout your home. Your air filters make sure that your indoor air is clean and breathable. If your filter is dirty and clogged, you can not only do damage to your heating and air conditioning system, you will also increase your risk of adding unnecessary particles to your indoor air.
Consider Cleaning Your Air Ducts
Since all of the air insides of your home will eventually make its way through your ductwork, you need to make sure that it’s cleaned every once in a while. We recommend cleaning them every 5-7 years. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had your air ducts cleaned, now is the perfect time to do so. If you are unsure whether or not your ductwork needs cleaning, call in your professional HVAC contractor to take a look for you. The team at E.F. Martin here in Columbia, SC can clean your air ducts to ensure that your indoor air quality is high and your HVAC efficiency and airflow are optimal.
Invest in IAQ Solutions
There is only so much manual labor you can perform to keep your indoor air quality high. Investing in indoor air quality solutions is an effective way to improve your IAQ. At E.F. Martin, we offer a product called an “AccuClean” which is certified asthma & allergy friendly whole-home air cleaner. It works in conjunction with your heating and cooling system to clean up to 99.98% of airborne allergens in your filtered air. We also carry a product called “Phenomenal Aire Cold Plasma Generators” which kill pathogens and germs while eliminating odors from your indoor air all without creating any harmful byproducts. If you are interested in learning more about how you can improve your indoor air quality and overall health and well-being in this crazy time, give E.F. Martin a call today!