Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality  

May 1, 2024 | Pollutants, Air Filters, Air Purifier, Airborne, Contaminants, Dehumidifier, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality, iWave-R, Pollution, UV Lights, Whole-home

Celebrate National Clean Air Month with us. It’s the perfect day to talk about indoor air quality! A crucial yet often overlooked element of home maintenance is maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ). It’s easy to ignore what you can’t see, taking the air you breathe for granted until issues arise. Remember, the quality of the air we breathe is fundamental for our health and well-being, especially since our homes are where we spend a large chunk of our time. Today, the experts at Mason Heating & Air will guide you through common homeowner oversights that significantly impact indoor air quality. 

Stop Ignoring Your Air Filter Changes   

Ensuring your air filters are regularly replaced might seem like a minor task, yet it stands as a cornerstone for preserving optimal IAQ. Air filters serve as the frontline defense in safeguarding your living space from airborne pollutants, including dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens. Neglecting to replace these filters once they become saturated not only impedes proper airflow but also risks reintroducing the trapped pollutants back into your environment. To ensure optimal air quality and airflow in your residence, adhering to the following recommendations is paramount: 

  • Adherence to Manufacturer Directives: It is crucial to replace filters every 1 to 2 months. This frequency is influenced by various factors, including the type of filter, the presence of pets, allergy considerations, and the regularity of usage. 
  • Implementation of a Consistent Schedule: We recommend that you inspect the filter on a monthly basis. It’s a good idea to utilize a calendar reminder to help you remember when a filter change is due. 

Stop Ignoring Moisture Concerns in Your Home 

Installing a whole-home dehumidifier: Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth, posing a significant concern for your home as well as your health. If you suffer from high humidity levels in your home, considering a high-quality, whole-home dehumidifier might be necessary. Excessive moisture isn’t only uncomfortable but can also harm your respiratory health. Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help! Contact us for professional guidance in tackling moisture issues. By effectively managing unnecessary moisture, you can prevent mold, mildew, and other related issues, significantly enhancing the air quality in your home and safeguarding your family’s health. 

Stop Ignoring Odors That Stuff Up Your Home   

In-home odors are inevitable. They are merely a result of living, so there is nothing to ashamed of regarding them. Odors can build up on top of each other whether they are a direct result of cooking, pets in the home, cleaning supplies, or just everyday life. However, despite them being normal occurrence, they can still contribute to reducing your home’s IAQ. 

Combat these odors and their underlying pollutants by:   

Installing a whole-home air purifier: Think about getting a whole-home air purifier installed. Whole-home air purifiers are designed to work with your HVAC system to catch and eliminate odors and contaminants. Furthermore, systems like the iWave-R are air-purifying devices that we highly recommend. It successfully emits ions that reduce allergens and kill mold, bacteria, and viruses. We love the convenience of the iWave-R whole-home air purification system as it has a self-cleaning feature, which means our customers don’t have to do anything maintenance-wise beyond scheduling the initial installation process. 

Installing UV Lights: UV lights can be installed to work in conjunction with your HVAC system. They are purposely engineered to be installed inside your air ducts or the air handler so that they can zap airborne bacteria and pollutants as air passes by before the air is dispersed throughout your home. In addition, they are pretty low maintenance because their bulbs only need to be changed once every 2-3 years.   

Your home is your sanctuary, a place where safety and comfort are paramount. Central to fostering such an environment is ensuring the air quality doesn’t pose any health risks. By paying attention to the finer details and implementing proactive strategies where needed, you can in fact boost the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home. It is the cumulative effect of small, consistent actions that creates a significant impact over time. 

Let us help guide you on your air quality journey! Call Mason Heating & Air today at (513) 496-2477, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here