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How Can I Raise My Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know that
indoor air pollution is a bigger threat to your health than outdoor air pollution? Between
the accumulation of dust, allergens, mold, VOCs, poor decisions (like
smoking inside), and the simple fact that we spend roughly half of our
days inside of our homes – poor indoor air quality can begin to take a
toll on your health. Fortunately, there are ways to raise your home's
indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality

Quit Using Chemicals

Filling your home with hazardous chemicals will obviously lower air quality,
but you wouldn't do that, would you? Unfortunately, many people will
unknowingly fill their homes with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which
can cause serious respiratory problems. Paints, paint thinners, aerosol
sprays, household cleaners, etc. all contain VOCs and it's best to
look for non-VOC alternatives. As an added tip, if you refuse to quit
smoking at least quit smoking inside of your home – but you already knew
that, right?

Upgrade Your Air

Maintaining your HVAC system is important, which is why you need to be
replacing the air filters on a monthly basis. You should also consider
upgrading these filters to ones with a higher MERV rating to catch finer
particles in the air. Additionally, you should research electronic air
cleaners that can be installed onto your HVAC system, leaving the air
in your home purified of any bacteria and contaminants while also deodorizing
any lingering odors.

Disinfect The Ducts

The ductwork in your home is used to transport air from the cooling and
heating units to the air registers. Dust, dirt, allergens, bacteria, mold,
and other particles can accumulate on the surfaces of the ductwork which
will inevitably come into contact with the air being pushed through the
system. The best way to remove all of these contaminants and particles
is to have your
ductwork professionally cleaned and disinfected.

Improving your home's indoor air quality isn't something many people
actively try and do, but it should be if you wish to breathe easy each
day. When your ductwork needs cleaning or you would like to learn more
about our "Air Scrubber", contact
Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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