Beaufort Air Conditioning: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Since the invention of HVAC systems, engineers have continuously applied evolving methods to improve the airflow in your house based on safety measures.

With the recognition of saving energy at home, HVAC systems were designed tighter. This change produced a more accessible path for contaminants to stay in-doors, risking the health of household members. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the air pollutants in your house may be higher than the outdoors', exceeding two to five times more, because they are trapped in a structured household. These indoor levels cause harmful effects on your health.

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

To improve the quality of air in the household, here are the ten tips ASHRAE have generated for homeowners like you.

1. Direct the vent in your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry rooms outside your house. If the airflow is directed to the garage or attic, it will produce mold and mildew that can be expensive and a health hazard in the long run. Also, use products that are energy-efficient and have quieter exhaust fans.

2. Refrain from installing furnaces, air conditioners, and duct systems in open spaces such as the garage where contaminants can easily carve their way inside the house.

3. Ensure the ventilation of hearth equipment such as fireplaces and wood stoves are correctly installed. Tighten doors and open to the outdoor air whenever possible so the fresh air can improve airflow in the house.

4. Direct dryer vents and central vacuum cleaners outdoors.

5. Toxic compounds such as paints, solvents, cleaners, and pesticides need to be stored away from the vents and ventilation. More specifically, they should be removed from occupiable space.

6. Avoid using combustible products such as cigarettes, candles, indoor barbeques, combustible kitchen appliances or vent-free heaters in your house. They are a fire hazard when used near an HVAC system, and cause problems with the airflow in the house.

7. If you are cleaning the house using toxic cleaning products or doing an activity that produces air pollutants, open the windows. They will allow the contaminants to flow outdoors while the fresh outdoor air circulates in the house.

8. If you are utilizing natural-draft equipment, have it professionally tested for proper ventilation and proper installment (outside of occupiable space). If you are using the water heaters and furnaces, make sure it is power-vented, sealed-combustion, or condensed.

9. Over time, your air handling system will collect dirt and dust particles from its everyday performance. Make sure to install an efficient filter or air cleaner that will prevent those particles from coming across. Also, checking the air filter on a monthly basis helps you detect any problems early on that can be easily solved.

10. Think about using whole-house mechanical ventilation that helps distribute an acceptable level of outdoor air throughout the house.

Increase Your Indoor Air Quality

It's not necessary to implement every tip on the list above to achieve high-quality air in your home. Start by just assessing what your home needs most, and what you can do with your budget. Number 9 is the best place to start. Checking and replacing air filters is simple and cost-effective.

These recommendations will help you in the long run and will lessen the pollutants in your home, keeping you and your family happy and healthy.