Often the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your North Carolina home is lower than the outside air even in areas with pollution. This is due to an abundance of household dust, which can include irritants like pollen, mold spores, insect droppings, and natural or synthetic fibers. By controlling the dust with the following suggestions, you can improve IAQ and protect your family’s health.
How to Improve IAQ
- Check the air filter in your HVAC system at least once a month and change it as necessary. The air filter protects your HVAC system and also helps remove contaminants from the air. To improve indoor air quality even further, select replacement filters with a higher MERV rating for better filtration, or consider upgrading to either electrostatic filters or HEPA filters.
- Periodically clean the vents for the supply and return ducts of your HVAC system, and if you notice excessive dust accumulations in the ductwork, consider having them cleaned professionally.
- When cleaning, use a quality vacuum that features a HEPA filter to capture excess dust, and use the agitator when cleaning the carpets to dislodge greater amounts of dust. When using the vacuum, turn your HVAC system to the “fan” setting to help control dust.
- Dust often using moist rags to capture dust or use disposable electrostatic cloths. Don’t forget hard-to-reach areas such as the tops of cabinets, the top of the refrigerator and the blades of ceiling fans.
- Wash your bedding at least weekly to avoid accumulations of dust and dust mites, which feed on skin cells.
- Clean, dust and vacuum your often, even in your closets. Store infrequently used clothes in garment bags and small items in plastic bins to avoid excess dust accumulations.
Learn more about Ross & Witmer’s advanced indoor air quality solutions, or contact us by phone at 704-392-6188 to schedule an appointment with our HVAC professionals.