How to Ensure Great Indoor Air Quality
I must admit that it took me a while to disinfect the air in my home. Although related to temperature control, there are other factors to consider when improving home air quality. Here are some of the mistakes people make trying to improve their home’s air quality and suggestions that guarantee positive results.
- Placing a fan in the window – Although this might help air out a stuffy room, placing a fan in a window won’t do much if the air quality outside is poor. The fanning technique could have the opposite effect for people in urban areas and regions with high pollen counts. Under these conditions, your allergies might flare up more than they didn’t before moving your fan.
- Keeping all windows closed – Don’t be afraid to crack open a window or two, particularly during the cooler months if there’s no air purifier around. Due to the low temperature, doing this in the middle of the day might help. Are you typically outside at this time of the day? Let in some air for an hour or two after your arrival. Air circulation can lower the fungal spore count indoors and reduce mold, mildew, and airborne microbe populations.
- Lowering the temperature to an uncomfortable level – Cooler temperatures don’t kill many germs but can make them dormant until the air warms up again. Unfortunately, indoor temperatures cooler than 40 degrees Faraheight aren’t relaxing to most. Lowering your home’s thermostat too much may result in a later temperature change that’s higher than normal. And if you fluctuate the temperature of your air conditioner, dormancy of microbes would be short-lived. Welcome to APG Properties’ online portal
Now let’s get to provably effective steps you can take to get your air quality in check:
Buy an Air Purifier
There are a lot of products out there that claim to purify air quality. Some of these are up for debate, such as salt lamps. The best air cleaners are the machines that come with filters. If you stay in a large home, it might take more than one air purifier to keep the indoor environment total clean, which leads to the next suggestion.
Air Purifiers for HVACs
One of the most common filters for this is HEPA filters. They’re capable of trapping in debris or pathogens and are easy to clean. HEPA filters aren’t disposable. Check to see if there are any that are compatible with your air conditioner.
Use a Humidifier
Use humidifiers to clean your interior air space. Water vapor may create a breeding ground for bacteria. Most ACs are by design able to lower humidity. But in some scenarios, this isn’t doable. Any location with seasonal or year-round tropical weather will see spikes in humidity that an AC may not reduce very well. But with a humidifier, all of these troubles will go away. Plus, you’ll reduce air particulates and other allergens in the process.
Keeping large quantities of free-flowing germs from spreading around your living space is easier than it may seem to be on paper. Just follow the steps shown above, making sure to avoid the mistakes listed. Similar to drinking water, everyone deserves to breathe clean air.