In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common air quality risks that may be present in your home or building, plus some simple ways to combat them. Indoor air quality can be very unhealthy if the right steps aren’t taken — even more unhealthy and outdoor air in many cases, in fact.
At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re happy to offer numerous HVAC solutions that speak directly to the indoor air quality needs of our Park City clients, from themes like AC and furnace repairs for efficiency through products like smart thermostats that make it much easier to control every part of your home’s HVAC setup. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll look at some other top methods of reducing indoor air contaminants and improving your air quality as much as possible using your HVAC system and related components.
One of the top risks to your indoor air quality is a lack of ventilation, leading to contaminants building up over time. This is often the result of modern buildings being much more airtight than older ones, trapping whatever is inside — including any pollutants that may be present.
One way to mitigate this issue is to install an HRV or ERV system in your home. These are ventilation systems specifically designed to improve air quality by exchanging indoor and outdoor air regularly. They work by drawing in fresh air from outdoors, cycling it through a filter to remove pollutants, and then distributing it throughout your home.
There are also simpler ways to improve ventilation in your home, like opening windows regularly or installing window fans. Some people will even purchase several plants specifically for the purpose of improving indoor air quality, as they help to filter out many common pollutants.
Be Careful With Household Products
Certain household cleaners and related products can release harmful chemicals into the air, especially if they’re not used correctly. Whenever possible, try to choose cleaning products that are labeled “green” or have low VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These are much less likely to harm your indoor air quality.
You should also take care to use these products properly. Many people don’t realize that you should never mix different cleaning products together, as this can create dangerous fumes. Always read the label before using any product and make sure you’re aware of any potential dangers.
Professional System Inspection and Upkeep
Finally, utilizing regular inspection and upkeep services from professionals like ours at My Buddy the Plumber can also go a long way in ensuring that your indoor air quality is high. We’ll be able to spot any potential issues with your air ducts, vents, or other components and take care of them before they cause any real problems — including those that may lead to lower air quality or even threaten to increase allergy or asthma triggers.
For more on keeping indoor air quality high, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services in Park City, speak to the team at My Buddy the Plumber today.