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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality?

According to the Environment Protection Act, the levels of indoor air pollutants are about 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Here are some ways you can improve your indoor air quality.

  1. Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Air filters do a good job of cycling through all the air and also filtering out the common air pollutants found inside the home. When your filter gets clogged and dirty, however, it’s not able to get rid of things such as dirt, dust, dander and debris. Not only do air pollutants cause issues for your indoor air quality, but it can also put stress on your HVAC unit. Depending on the activity inside your home, it’s recommended you change your air filter every 1-3 months.

  1. Inspect Your Ducts

Your air ducts have one major responsibility: distributing air throughout your home to provide a comfortable temperature in every room. However, similar to air filters, overtime they collect dust, dander, and possibly even mold. This can greatly reduce your overall air quality and is what makes duct cleaning so essential to healthy indoor air quality.

  1. Keep Your Carpet Fresh

Rugs and carpets are a hot spot for trapping dust and other particles. Even though not visible to the eye, dirty carpeting can greatly reduce your indoor air quality. By cleaning them often, you are making vast improvements with your indoor air.

  1. Use Cooking Vents or Open a Window

When cooking on a gas stove, make sure to use your vents. A lot of the harmful contaminants actually live in your kitchen, believe it or not. Harmful contaminants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. By using cooking vents or opening a window when you’re cooking, you’re helping to filter the air.

  1. Reduce Moisture

Mold thrives in moist conditions, so keeping a healthy level of humidity in your home helps keep mold and other allergens under control. We recommend you keep your humidity around 30-50% to reduce your chances of mold and poor indoor air quality. Some ways to reduce moisture include fixing your leaky plumbing immediately and opening windows when you’re cooking, bathing, running the dishwasher, or any other activity that involves steam or water.

  1. Schedule Annual AC Tune-Ups

When you properly maintain and service your HVAC unit, you’re helping to reduce the presence of harmful contaminants and allergens that live in your indoor air. Not only can an AC maintenance help you improve your indoor air quality, but it can also enhance the performance of your unit, increase the lifespan of your unit, and lower your energy bills.

Contact Acree Plumbing and Air Today To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality In Tampa, FL

At Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric, we are committed to providing indoor air quality solutions to Tampa, FL residents. Whether you need to schedule a duct cleaning, an annual maintenance, or just have questions, the experts at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric are here to help. Contact us today at (813) 524-6313 or fill out our online form here.