5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

How is the air quality in your home? If you don't have an answer to this question, then the answer is probably - "not too good." Every homeowner should make it a point to find ways that they can actively try and improve their home's indoor air quality.

  1. Reduce Pet Dander – When you live in a home with pets, their pet dander can significantly lower indoor air quality. Pet dander is made up of dead skin, saliva, feces, and hair, and is literally everywhere! While you might not be able to completely remove pet dander from your home, you can reduce the levels by regularly washing and grooming your pets.
  2. No New Air – Keeping your windows closed all winter is needed to keep the heat in, but it prevents your home from breathing. It's important to allow fresh air into your home every once in awhile. Crack open some of the windows in your home each day, even if it's just for a few minutes.
  3. Monthly Filters – The HVAC system in your home filters the air it pushes out thanks to a set of hard working air filters. In order to cut back on the number of pollutants and dust circulating throughout the air in your home, these air filters should be changed out on a monthly basis.
  4. Moisture Be Gone – Choosing to take an extremely hot shower without turning on an exhaust fan will surely fill up the bathroom with a ton of steam. Unfortunately, doing this too many times can promote mold growth in this space. Always use bathroom exhaust fans when showering and range exhaust fans when cooking to remove excess moisture from your home.
  5. Air Duct Cleaning – Air filters will remove some pollutants and dust from the air as it passes through your ductwork, but not all of it. After about a year or two of using your forced air HVAC system, a buildup of dust will reside in your ductwork. This should be cleaned every couple of years to reduce the amount of dust that circulates throughout your home.

Improving your home's indoor air quality should always be at the top of your to-do list. When you're sick of living in a dusty home, consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned by 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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