When you live in the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas, you know the importance of having great indoor air quality. Unfortunately, the air outdoors isn’t always as good as it should be, between the smog and allergens. But just because the air quality outside is poor, that doesn’t mean your indoor air quality should be.
The good news is that there are several measures you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home. In this article, we outline 7 ways you can take the air quality in your home to the next level today!
1. Open the windows of your home to foster airflow.
One of the easiest ways to improve the air quality in your home is to start opening up your windows! Here in southern California, we’re lucky to have moderate weather in the winter months, at least for the most part. So, on those days when the temperature is around 70 degrees, take advantage of it by opening the windows of your home.
Opening your windows helps to create air movement—and who wouldn’t want air circulation for free? In addition, this allows fresh air to enter your home, as well as let some sunshine in. As an added bonus, you’ll experience the benefits of Vitamin D and a boost in your mood!
2. Develop a weekly cleaning routine.
Did you know that cleaning your home, from vacuuming to mopping your floors, can help to improve indoor air quality? According to an article by the Harvard Medical School, “A clean house may be a healthier house, because indoor hygiene can greatly cut down on dust and animal dander…”
The article goes on to recommend vacuuming once or twice a week, washing bedding or curtains, and finally, keeping your home clutter-free. In other words, with the help of a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your home fresh, as well as improve indoor air quality.
3. Change out your air filters regularly.
Along with regularly cleaning your home, it’s also important to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape. While we have an entire article dedicated to How to Clean an HVAC System, there’s one simple step you can take to keep your system running like it should: Change your air filters.
There are several signs you may need to change your air filters, but a good rule of thumb is to change your air filters every 90 days, or every 3 months. With that said, if you have pets or allergies, you may want to consider changing out your air filters twice as often.
Changing out your air filters helps to improve how well your HVAC system runs, of course. But it also ensures that your air filters are able to do their job and trap the dust, allergens, and other dust particles that may enter your home.
4. Test for radon.
If you’re serious about improving the air quality of your home, it may be time to try testing your home for radon. According to the American Cancer Society, “exposure to radon accounts for about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year,” and testing your home for radon is a great way to protect your family from exposure.
There are two options for testing your home for radon: 1) hire a professional or 2) purchase a radon testing kit to test your home for yourself. Once you’ve tested your home, you can take measures to reduce the radon levels in your home.
For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
5. Install an air purifier.
Beyond checking the air quality of your home, you can install devices in your home that will do the job for you. For example, you might consider installing an air purifier. You can choose from several types of air purifiers, including filter-based or duct-based units or stand-alone systems.
Each type of air purifier will offer slightly different benefits, so it’s important to choose one that works best for you. On the whole, however, research has found that air purifiers can reduce the progression of allergen-related respiratory diseases. If you or a family member has allergies, asthma, or otherwise, this is a great benefit that’s hard to pass up.
6. Consider installing a UV-C light.
If a standard air purifier doesn’t sound quite like what you’re looking for, you might consider the alternative: a UV-C light. Not only are UV-C lights known for improving the air quality of your home, but they also are known for reducing the spread of bacteria, viruses, and more.
In fact, the Food & Drug Administration wrote an entire article discussing how UV-C lights may help to inactivate COVID-19. However, please note that you should take additional precautions, from regularly cleaning your home to practicing social distancing, to keep your home free of the virus.
7. Install an improved ventilation system.
Last but not least, if improving your indoor air quality is truly of utmost concern, then you may want to consider installing an improved ventilation system. Not only has HVAC technology greatly improved in recent years, but it also gives you the opportunity to install an air purifier or UV-C light, if you’re so inclined.
Especially if your HVAC system is reaching its end of life, installing a new system is worth considering. As your system ages, it’s going to be less effective at doing its job, let alone circulating the air in your home. A good way to check the status of your HVAC system is by calling a technician. If nothing else, he or she can provide your system with a tune-up.
How Can We Help?
At Edge Heating & Air, our HVAC technicians are experts on air quality. For over 15+ years, we’ve been serving the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas, and we’re here to serve you. From installing air purifiers or UV-C lights to testing your indoor air quality, we’re ready to help.
Call us at (951) 304-9658 or schedule your service online today!