Boost Indoor Air Quality by Conquering Household Dust

June 19, 2015

improve indoor air qualityIf you’re one of the 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, chances are you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, boosting the overall quality of your indoor air can significantly increase your daily comfort.

But conquering household dust, fibers and other common indoor air pollutants means more than just changing your air filter regularly. There are many other things you can do to improve indoor air quality and increase your HVAC system’s energy efficiency.

    • Organize your closet space to make cleaning easier – You would be amazed at how many fibers your clothing can shed, especially heavy winter furs and coats. Keeping your clothes covered with garment bags, and your closet floor clear of clutter can go a long way toward improving indoor air quality.
    • Vacuum cleaner performance – Suction power shouldn’t be the only thing to look for in a vacuum cleaner. You should also consider how well it agitates carpet flooring, its performance on hard surfaces, and if it has a HEPA filter.
    • Use the HVAC system to help tackle dust – Vacuuming stirs up a lot of dust, which then settles in other places. You can use your HVAC system’s blower fan and air filter to weed out airborne dust and fibers. While vacuuming, set the thermostat to “fan only” and let it run for 15 minutes after you have finished vacuuming.
    • Upgrade the air filter – Consider switching to an air filter that offers better filtration and a higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), if you haven’t done so already.
    • Give those rugs and cushions a good beating – If you want to dislodge dust that vacuuming often misses, then beating your rugs and cushions outdoors is the way to go.

Learn more about how to improve indoor air quality from the pros at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc., or give us a call at 251-476-3610 to schedule an appointment.