It can be easy to maintain good indoor air quality if you understand the steps you need to take. Here are 10 easy yet essential steps that have been endorsed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
- Appliances should be properly vented to the exterior of the home.
- Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens should feature vents to the outside.
- Keep the garage as separate from the living space as possible by installing an automatic closing door and sealing ducts that run through this space.
- Use tight doors and exterior air intakes for fireplaces and wood stoves.
- Install a particle filter in your air handler to trap dirt before it circulates into the air you breathe. Maintain the filter, replacing when necessary.
- If you have a central vacuum cleaner, vent it directly outside. Make sure the same is done with your clothes dryer.
- Store paints, cleaners, solvents and pesticides away from areas of the home that are occupied. Also, ensure that such volatile compounds aren’t stored near vents.
- Minimize your use of combustible sources including candles, vent-free heaters and indoor barbecues that lack a vent to carry the pollutants outside.
- Distribute fresh outdoor air throughout your home with a whole-house ventilation system. Some systems, such as energy recover ventilators, can also help with moisture control and reduce energy consumption.
- Ensure that the windows in each room can be opened to ventilate the space during home cleaning, painting and the pursuit of other hobbies.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to keep the air you breathe as clear and fresh as possible. If you fail to give the concept of indoor air quality precedence, you could be subject to indoor pollution that impedes your health and causes allergies. If you need assistance with any of these points, contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating. We are happy to answer your questions and offer expert advice regarding all of your heating and cooling needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ways to boost your indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.