5 Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality
If you’re looking to improve indoor air quality, where do you start? Here are our suggestions for making indoor air cleaner and healthier:
1. Seal and Switch
At PV, we call these the indoor air quality “basics.” Before buying specialized equipment (we’ll get to that in just a bit), be sure to do all of the following:
- Seal your air ducts. Leaky return ductwork can pull air from your attic or crawlspace into your home. Sealing ducts prevents your HVAC system from circulating unhealthy air.
- Seal your attic and crawlspace. Gaps and cracks around ducts, plumbing, and electrical connections allow air from your attic and crawlspace to enter your home. Sealing those gaps and cracks helps keep dirty air out.
- Switch your air filter regularly. If you use a 90-day air filter, be sure to switch it out every 90 days. If you use a washable filter, wash it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Upgrade to a media filter
Need to improve air filtration? Consider a media filter, which has much more surface area than standard, 1” air filters.
Media filters are installed at your air handler or furnace and only need to be replaced once or twice yearly.
3. Install UV lights
Installing UV lights inside your ductwork destroys allergy-aggravating contaminants before they can enter your living space. Specifically, UV lights kill mold, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that result from product off-gassing, carpets, and paint fumes.
4. Upgrade to a HEPA filter
If you’re very sensitive to indoor contaminants, a HEPA filtration system is a smart upgrade. HEPA filters capture the tiniest of pollutants, including mold spores and VOCs.
Like media filters, HEPA systems usually require retrofitting at your air handler or furnace.
5. Ventilate mechanically
In our climate zone, a whole-house dehumidifier with fresh air is a smart choice for ventilation. Dehumidifiers keep your home dry, eliminating mold and drastically reducing dust mites.
They also let you ventilate with fresh, filtered, dehumidified air from the outdoors – much cleaner than opening a window!
Contact PV to discuss indoor air quality!
We’re ready to help you discover the best indoor air quality options for your home. Contact us today to discuss your air quality concerns!