The air inside a house can be unpleasant and harmful, be it due to mildew, mold, cigarette smoke, dust, household cleaners, naturally occurring gases, fragrances, or other particulates.
It is reported that we tend to spend as much as 80-90 percent of our time indoors. So it should go without saying that we must pay attention to the quality of our air—and that means also paying attention to your heating system.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to improve indoor air quality and reduce pollutants. Common sense ideas like opening windows for ventilation and stopping pollutants at the source aren’t always a viable option, especially when it’s hard to locate the source or cause of pollution.
Therefore, it’s sometimes necessary to call in the experts in order to accurately determine the source of the issue through a proper inspection, and to have your air quality tested.
One of the most effective options for keeping air clean, though, is to take preventative steps to purify the air in your home. Here are a couple of different methods:
- Cleaning the Ducts
Ductwork is what distributes conditioned and heated air in your house so it is logical that the dust and particles that float around inside your heating system can be transported from room to room. Having those air ducts cleaned will remove a good amount of pollutants from the system and stop them circulating indoors.
- Sealing the Air Ducts
If ducts are leaky, contaminants are easily pulled into the air stream and circulated through the house. Leaky ducts and improper air filtration are typically the result of dirty ducts. To prevent the buildup of dirt, make sure that all seams, duct joints, and any other areas of leakage are properly sealed.
- Air Filtration
If allergens and dust are your biggest issue, start changing your air filter regularly. Air filters in heating systems need to be changed around every 3 months or as they get dirty. If you tend to use a standard filter from the local hardware store, it may be time to upgrade to something that has a higher efficiency rating. The standard filters tend to trap larger particles such as pet hair and dust only, whereas better models will trap pet dander and pollens.
- Air Cleaner
Air purifiers can greatly help to remove the majority of allergens from the air in your home. In particular, ionization air purifiers make use of a polarized charge to capture airborne matter to render air cleaner and fresher.
- UV Lamps
While these lamps won’t remove particles from the air, they’re great for killing off micro-organisms like bacteria and airborne viruses.
Have Your Heating System Serviced
If you are worried about the quality of your home’s air, you could have an air quality analysis performed. This will help determine which areas require attention and ways to resolve any issues.
Having your heating system regularly serviced will help ensure your systems work the way they should. Contact Princeton Fuel today for all your heating and cooling requirements and breath easy.