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Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality Is Important, So Keep Preventable Pollutants Out

Friday, January 23, 2015

The quality of air inside the home impacts the health and comfort of occupants, yet the indoor air quality of the average home is more polluted than the typical city’s air. Keep reading for tips and tools on how to prevent indoor air pollution in your home.

Home Ventilation

One of the most effective and practical ways to improve indoor air quality is to ensure your home receives adequate ventilation. Whole-home ventilation systems are ideal, as they replace air throughout the home with fresh air.

An energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) is a popular whole-home system that also helps control moisture. Stale indoor air and fresh outdoor air exchange heat and moisture inside a box, and fresh pre-conditioned air is delivered to your home.

Ceiling fans are a simple but effective tool for promoting better air circulation, and, like an ERV, help curb energy bills. During the cooling months, the fan should force air down toward the floor. During the heating months, reverse the direction of the fan so air is pulled to the ceiling to displace warm air.

Air Filters

A good air filter can substantially boost indoor air quality, plus it's necessary to protect HVAC components from contaminants that reduce efficiency and increase wear. If you're using a disposable fiberglass filter, change your strategy right away. A medium-efficiency filter is fine for most homes. Look for pleated disposable types or permanent electrostatic filters that last years.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners are available as portable models or as whole-home systems that are installed inside the ductwork by an HVAC professional. Electronic air cleaners are popular types, removing pollutants from indoor air by attraction. The pollutants in the airflow are electrically charged and stick to metal plates inside the air cleaner. The plates should be cleaned about every three months, but they are fully reusable.

For more tips and tools on how to prevent indoor air pollution in your home, please contact us to speak with a certified Mitsubishi Electric contractor in your area.

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