October 20, 2017
One of the goals of most people is to live a healthy life. We exercise, eat healthier foods and take vitamins and supplements. However, most people take the indoor air quality of their home for granted. The WHO estimates that 1.5 million deaths every year from diseases like respiratory infections, bronchitis and even lung cancer can be attributed to poor indoor air quality. Air pollution also increases the risk of developing tuberculosis, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The EPA estimates that, in certain situations, indoor air pollutants can be up to 100 times greater than those found outdoors!
So, how can you improve the air quality in your home? The best strategy is to eliminate or at least reduce the sources of pollutants and contaminants. However, here are a few tips you can use to help improve your home’s air quality:
- Clean your house regularly. You can immediately improve your indoor air quality by vacuuming all of your rooms, washing bed sheets, and dusting hard surfaces with a damp rag. Using a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum cleaner with a disposable bag is best. By cleaning once a week, you’ll remove many allergens from your home.
- Maximize ventilation in your home. Open windows when possible to help exchange indoor air with fresher outdoor air; however, be cognizant of seasonal allergens like pollen, etc. Use an air exchanger to expel stale and polluted indoor air and humidity with fresh outdoor air. Products like HRV’s and ERV’s are excellent choices to handle this process. Change out all filters on your HVAC system and other mechanical appliances per manufacturer guidelines.
- Minimize chemical pollutants. Make your home a “No-Smoke” zone. Minimize the use of solvent-based cleaners and those with strong fragrances. Do not burn candles or wood in your home and perform tasks like paint-stripping, sanding, varnishing, etc. outdoors. Also, do not idle cars or trucks and other gas engines in attached garages.
- Control moisture and humidity levels. Keep humidity levels to less than 60% (30% – 50% is a good range). Run bath exhaust fans when showering and kitchen exhaust fans when frying or cooking on stovetops.
Products to Improve Home Air Quality
The above tips are a great starting point. However, it’s more difficult to remove chemical odors and you will need products to best maintain your home’s humidity at comfortable levels. As a leading heating company in Bloomington IL, Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of air purification products to improve your air quality.
Whole-Home Dehumidifiers to Control Humidity
High humidity levels can cause mold and bacteria to flourish. A whole-home dehumidification system will lower your humidity much more efficiently during the summer than portable dehumidifiers sold by major retailers. As stated above, home humidity levels should be kept under 60%, with a good range being between 30% and 50%. Using a quality whole-home dehumidifier is the absolute best way to control humidity in your home and keep mold and bacteria growth at bay.
Air Purifiers Can Kill Germs, Eliminate Odors, and Control Dust
Many airborne diseases can survive for hours or days outside of the human body. Using high quality air purifiers will kill or trap most bacteria. Most air filters trap solid contaminants like mites while UV light air cleaners destroy any organic pathogens with a concentrated blast of ultraviolet radiation.
Odors that originate from cooking, painting, staining and cleaning products can give you and your family headaches, trigger allergies and contribute to respiratory issues. Good air purification systems will remove organic and chemical odors alike, leaving your home smelling fresh.
Even cleaning weekly will not keep your home completely dust free. By adding air purifiers to your HVAC system, they will work in conjunction with each other to “vacuum” the air for your entire house. You’ll immediately notice a sharp reduction in airborne particles and dust.
Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning – Your Air Quality Experts
At Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that keeping you comfortable is about more than just keeping you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. We’ve been providing heating and air conditioning in Bloomington since 1983 and our proud to have earned an excellent reputation that keeps customers coming back year after year. We use the best air quality products to help ensure that your indoor air quality is clean and fresh. Check out our line of indoor air quality products. To keep your family’s health at its best, call us today for in-home consultation on how you can improve your home’s air quality and help prevent airborne illnesses and diseases from spreading throughout your home.