Improving Indoor Air Quality: Top 6 Tips for Cleaner, Healthier Air
Did you know the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the air outside? It sounds strange, but it’s true. Studies conducted across the country found indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Chronic headaches, nausea, lethargy, allergies, asthma, and other health issues can all be caused by poor indoor air quality. Thankfully, today’s heating and cooling technology offers solutions to help you breathe cleaner air and protect your health.
Eliminate, Filtrate & Ventilate to Clear the Air
Frequent dusting and vacuuming are more than just household chores. They’re your first lines of defense to eliminate problem-causing contaminants. Filtration systems go one step further, removing smaller particles of dust and allergy-aggravating pollen missed with basic cleaning. The third step—ventilation—rebalances the air in your home. It removes stale indoor air and replaces it with filtered, fresh outdoor air.
Keeping those three steps in mind, here are our top recommendations for improving your home’s indoor air quality:
- Air purifiers are incredibly effective at eliminating airborne contaminants, like dust, dirt, bacteria, viruses, and more. These powerful units from Carrier® feature Captures and Kills™ technology, which traps up to 95 percent of pollutants down to .30 microns in size, and then kills or inactivates them with an electrical charge.
- Professional duct cleaning: You can dust your house, but what about the dust, pet dander, and debris that builds up inside your ductwork? Spring is an ideal time to schedule a professional duct cleaning. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in the last five to eight years, call us for service.
- Ultraviolet lights reduce and destroy harmful viruses, mold spores, mites, and more inside your home’s heating and cooling units. UV lights kill these microorganisms before they have a chance to multiply and circulate through the air. Not only do the lamps mean “lights out” for problem-causing pathogens, but they also improve the overall performance of your heating and cooling system, too.
- Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers: Studies show an indoor humidity level between 35 and 50 percent is ideal for minimizing mold growth and reducing allergy- and asthma-causing contaminants. At Tom’s Heating, we install whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers that work with your HVAC system to improve indoor air quality and overall comfort. Ask us about a free seven-day trial of our most effective whole-home dehumidifiers.
- Ventilation systems help combat musty, stuffy, or stale odors. Bring the fresh aroma of the outdoors inside with a Carrier® ventilation system. These systems filter and moderate the temperature of air coming into your home to minimize the loss of energy already used to heat or cool it.
- Furnace and A/C maintenance: Well-functioning heating and cooling systems do more than keep your house comfortable. They also improve the quality of the air you breathe. When Waukesha residents spring ahead in March, it’s a good time to call Tom’s Heating to schedule an annual A/C Clean & Check. Our NATE-certified pros will clean the condenser coil, inspect the evaporator coil, check your refrigerant level, adjust blower components, replace your air filter and drain tubing, and more.
Your Health Depends on It
As a homeowner, you have many options to ensure the air you breathe every day is healthy and pollutant free. Let the experts at Tom’s Heating help you choose the right solutions for your home and lifestyle. Call 262-548-1300 to have us address any concerns you might have about your indoor air quality.