Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality

May 1, 2024

It’s National Clean Air Month! So, now is the opportune time to talk about indoor air quality, also known as IAQ. Let’s face it; we often don’t think about the air quality in our homes, but it’s super important for our comfort and health. It’s easy to overlook until something goes wrong. But really, the air we breathe is crucial for our well-being. After all, our homes are where we reside the majority of our time. In this guide, your friends at New Albany Heating & Cooling are going to show you some common mistakes that can really mess with your indoor air quality (IAQ).  

Stop Skipping Your Air Filter Changes   

Changing your air filters might not seem like a big deal, but trust us, it’s a game-changer for keeping the air in your place clean. Think of air filters as your home’s first line of defense against stuff like dust, pollen, and pet hair. When these filters get clogged up, not only does it mess with the airflow, but all that gunk can end up back in your living space as well as negatively affect your HVAC system. 

Here’s what you can do: 

  • Stick to the manufacturer’s advice – usually, filters need a swap every 1 to 2 months, but this can vary based on the type of filter, if you have pets, allergies, or just how much you use your system. 
  • Make it a habit – check your filter every month. A pro tip? Set a reminder on your calendar so you won’t forget. By staying on top of changing your filters, you’re basically giving yourself and your home the gift of better air. 

Stop Ignoring Moisture in Your Home   

Do you have a whole-home dehumidifier? Too much moisture can lead to mold, which is, of course, a big no-no for indoor air quality and your health. If you’re constantly battling high humidity at home, it might be time to think about getting a good dehumidifier. Too much dampness isn’t just uncomfortable; it’s also not great for your breathing. Not sure where to start? No worries! Give us a call, and we’ll help point you in the right direction! 

Stop Allowing Odors to Stuff Up Your Home   

In-home smells aren’t just annoying; they can signal bad indoor air quality (IAQ). Here’s how to tackle those odors and the stuffiness they are causing: 

Think about installing a whole-home air purifier. These gadgets team up with your HVAC system to trap and zap odors and pollutants. Take the iWave-R, for example. It uses ionization to that allergens and bacteria. Plus, the iWave-R is super user-friendly with its self-cleaning feature, meaning you don’t have to worry about maintenance after it’s set up. Super simple! 

Consider adding UV Lights to your system. Adding UV lights can also really help boost your home’s IAQ and make a big difference. They’re designed to live inside your air ducts or air handler, zapping airborne germs and pollutants as air flows by, making sure only clean air circulates in your home. They’re also low-key in terms of upkeep, with bulbs needing a switch only every 2-3 years, usually during your regular HVAC check-up. 

Your home should be your happy place, where you feel safe and snug. Making sure the air you breathe isn’t harming your health is a big part of creating that cozy vibe. Paying attention to the little things and taking action can really boost your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Remember, it’s the little efforts that stack up and make a huge difference over time. 

Let us help you navigate your air quality journey! Call New Albany Heating & Cooling today at (614) 636-5002, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here