Indoor air quality
Wilson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. wants your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible. To have an efficient system, you need excellent insulation. The problem is, a well-insulated home can also have low air quality. We can help you keep your air as clean as possible.
Why is indoor air quality important? Most Americans spend around 90 percent of their lives indoors, so whatever we breathe in during all those hours can have an impact on our health. Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems are aggravated by poor air quality.
You can fix many of the causes of poor air quality. Here are some steps you can take to improve your home’s air quality:
- Vacuuming and dusting your home on a regular basis makes a big difference. Don’t forget odd areas, such as cabinet tops, fans, air return vents, and appliances. Dusting with a dampened rag helps scoop up more dust. Clean your blinds and curtains often as well.
- Leave shoes at the door so dirt and dust aren’t tracked through your home.
- Change the HVAC filter every three months, or every month if you have breathing problems or allergies. Choose a high-rated filter, because it will block more particles.
- Dust mites live in fabric. Clean pillows, curtains, bed linens, and shower liners and curtains often, using hot water if possible to kill the mites and remove any dust or dirt too.
- Houseplants can clean the air and add beauty to your home at the same time.
- If you have a pet, make sure you clean up their dander and fur up as often as possible. Keep their beds washed frequently, and try to have them sleep in a different room from you.
- Keep smoke from cigarettes or cigars outside the home. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, make sure your flue and chimney are regularly inspected.
- Open the windows occasionally to allow fresh air inside.
- Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to remove odors and toxins from cleaning chemicals. Choose natural-based cleaners to breathe easier.
- If you burn candles, make sure they are clean-burning varieties. Better yet, choose essential oils or simmer citrus and spices in water to scent your home without any chemicals.
- Keep a close eye on your home’s humidity so mold growth is discouraged.
We can help improve your air quality even more by installing an air purification system. These systems remove miniscule particles that cleaning methods and filters may miss.
We offer several different types of air purification systems. Electrostatic cleaners catch particles by positively charging them while airborne, then drawing them to negatively charged metal plates. Another air purification system works by sending charged ions into the air that capture and neutralize potentially hazardous particles. HEPA units, short for “high-efficiency particulate air,” use different-sized filters to catch multiple kinds of particulates.
Call us today to schedule an assessment of your home’s air quality. We can help you choose the best air purification system for your family’s needs and your budget.