Air Care

How's Your IAQ?

IAQ=Indoor Air Quality.

We are all dealing with the cold and flu season, the "bug" that seems to just keep going around, but did you ever stop to think about cleaning your air as well as your household surfaces? There are several proactive steps we can take to help ensure that the air we're breathing every day is cleaner and healthier.

According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), the air inside our homes and office spaces may be even more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in some of our largest and most industrialized cities. That's a sobering thought! They also state that we spend almost 90% of our time indoors. Here are a few ways we can help "clean up" our indoor air so we can all breathe a little easier.

1. Bring nature indoors with house plants. Plants actually breathe by taking in carbon dioxide and putting off oxygen. Bringing some plants indoors is a win-win. A few to consider are Aloe, English Ivy, Rubber Trees, and Snake Plants. Do a little research on these and other plants that might work well in your specific environment, you'll be glad you did.

2. Turn your furnace blower on. Running the blower keeps the air inside your home circulating, which means it's constantly going through the filtration system on your unit, thereby cleaning the air, but make sure you've had your furnace serviced or it won't work as well.

3. Reme Halo is one of the very best ways to clean your air. It uses UV lights and can improve your air quality by up to 90%. That's quite a return on your investment.

4. Change your filters. Each manufacturer includes recommendations on how often your particular unit needs to have the air filters cleaned or changed. These are usually minimum standards. Be aware if you have a particularly "dirty" environment (smokers, indoor pets, etc.) you may need to do this more often. A good quality filter that can trap airborne particles down to a size of 3 microns is a worthwhile investment, too.

5. Proper ventilation. Let's face it, when it's 22 degrees outside or 105, there are times when opening a window to let in fresh air just isn't a viable option. There are ways to refresh the air without going to extremes. One is by installing an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) on your ductwork to temper the air being brought in by using the air being exhausted by your heat and air system.  It keeps your unit from working so hard to bring extremely hot or cold air to the same temperature that your thermostat is set at.

6. Dehumidifiers and Exhaust Fans. The EPA recommends indoor humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. Dehumidifiers and exhaust fans can help reduce high levels of humidity inside your home, thereby helping minimize the growth of mold and mildew.

Air Care Systems by Price, Inc. hopes that you find one or more of these tips helpful to your particular situation. If you have questions about any of the items mentioned, or just want to learn more, give us a call at (479) 777-2331. We'll do our best to help you better understand how your family can enjoy a healthier home.