What exactly impacts indoor air quality?

May 25, 2018

You’ve likely heard the term indoor air quality before, and you may even recognize how important it is, but O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning wants to be sure you comprehend what could potentially be influencing the quality of air in your home.

When you are spending a lot of time in your home you can let dust, dirt and other contaminants to build up within your home and affect the air in the house. This might sound odd, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors versus outdoors.

Here are a few steps you can take to help manage the indoor air quality in your home.

  • Remove the contaminants – One of the best ways to improve the air quality is to actually eliminate the dust and debris. Vacuum and clean weekly to remove the contaminants. You should also wash your bed linens frequently.
  • Properly store household products and cleaning supplies – This helps to keep any fumes contained, especially for anyone in your family who may be sensitive to odors.
  • Ensure your home is properly ventilated – Newer houses are well-insulated and sealed to help conserve energy, so it’s wise to have proper ventilation to allow airborne pollutants to depart from the home.
  • Control the amount of moisture in the home – The EPA also suggests keeping indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.

If you are looking for additional ways to increase your indoor air quality, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in Drexel Hill offers a variety of indoor air quality solutions, including:

If you have questions about how to improve your indoor air quality, our experts are qualified to come out and assess your home. Give us a call at 610-257-7035 to book an appointment.