It is said that most people spend 90% of their time indoors. This means that the majority of an individual’s time is spent in their home. In addition, studies have shown that the air within a home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside of the house. For these reasons, it is essential to understand the importance of indoor air quality and identify possible pollutant sources so you can act accordingly to raise the IAQ in your home. Your health and well-being are our top priority! So please, continue reading these tips from your Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air service professionals as we talk about indoor air quality or IAQ within your home.

How Will Changing Air Filters Raise IAQ?

First off, let’s start with the easiest way to raise and maintain the air quality in your home. Your HVAC system has filters installed as a part of the system. The filters’ main function is to catch and hold loose dust particles, allergens, and other contaminants like pet dander. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians advise that all homeowners should change their filters every 30-60 days. Doing this will lessen the burden of a clogged air filter, which will in return enable it to perform its purpose at its highest efficiency and keep the IAQ fresh while it circulates throughout your home.

How Will a Dehumidifier Raise IAQ?

Excessive moisture in the area can be considered a pollutant source for indoor air quality. When humidity levels in the air are overly high, the possibility of mold, mildew, and allergen growth is more likely to happen. The growth of these contaminants can lead to long-term health-related issues like heart problems and respiratory issues. The added use of a dehumidifier in your home will raise the levels of humidity in your home and bring it to a more suitable level. A good range of humidity levels is between 30% – 50%.

How Will a Humidifier Raise IAQ?

If you have ever encountered chapped lips or dry skin during the winter, you know how uncomfortable it can be! During the colder months, moisture naturally gets sucked out of the air due to the colder temperatures. This change results in uncomfortable short-term side effects such as chapped lips, dry skin, nose bleeds, and issues with sleeping and breathing. You can combat the issue of dry air by utilizing a humidifier in your home. It works by raising the humidity levels, drawing moisture back into the air, thus creating a much more comfortable atmosphere for you and your family to dwell in. Perhaps dry air is an issue you are currently dealing with. If so, don’t hesitate to try this solution. Trust us; your skin will thank you!

How Will a Smart Thermostat Help to Raise IAQ?

If you already have a smart thermostat installed in your home, this is a great tool to utilize in monitoring your home’s IAQ. Many smart thermostats have an excellent feature that monitors the quality of the air. If poor levels of IAQ are detected, the smart thermostat will communicate with your HVAC system, automatically turning on its fan. This process leads to the negative air being directed back to the return ducts and fresh air appropriately circulated through the home instead. If you don’t already have a smart thermostat but are considering getting one, call Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air. We would be more than happy to assist you.

How Will You Identify a Pollutant Source?

At this point, you may be wondering what other potential pollutant sources exist that you should be aware of. The following are examples of common pollutant sources. Keep in mind that these are a guideline. But these are not limited to what is listed here:

  • Tobacco products
  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances, 
  • Construction or building materials (such as asbestos) 
  • Allergens, mold, and mildew
  • Harmful household cleaning products
  • Pet fur or dander

Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air cares for you and your family’s health and well-being! We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding boosting indoor air quality in your home. If you’d like to go over any options or are interested in adding a humidifier or dehumidifier to your home, or need help with changing your air filters, we are here to help! Reach us at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!

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