Your home should be a comfortable and healthy haven that provides protection from the harsh, outdoor elements. However, some of nature’s unseen dangers can go undetected in the air, threatening the health and well-being of your household. You can use the tips below to provide a healthier home environment by detecting, controlling and removing unwanted contaminants.
Common Household Contaminants
Airborne contaminants are present in all homes. However, homes that don’t receive adequate controlled ventilation can serve as a breeding ground and holding tank for microorganisms, allergens and odors. Excessive moisture can also invite mold, dust mites, bacteria and germs, instigating the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Moreover, carbon monoxide produced by combustion appliances and possible radon seepage from beneath your home can go undetected by human senses.
Make a Healthier Home Environment
With so many contaminants in the air, it may seem like an overwhelming task to control them all and make a healthier home environment. However, with the right strategy, you can ensure your home is safe:
- Ventilation: Whole-home ventilation is vital for replenishing indoor air with fresh outdoor air. Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) provide balanced ventilation with an energy-saving heat exchanger that transfers heat energy between opposing air streams.
- Regular filter changes: Make sure you check your filter as suggested by the manufacturer. A clogged filter or low-quality filter can let some contaminants go by, while damaging HVAC components. Use a high-efficiency air filter suitable for your HVAC system for better indoor air quality.
- Air cleaners: Air cleaners can remove pollutants using several different methods, such as electronic attraction, UV lights or HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration.
- Check smoke and CO detectors: Make sure to test your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors each month. If your devices use batteries, you should change them twice a year.
- Radon: You can pick up a radon home-detection kit at your home store. Radon is a dangerous gas that can seep into your home from the ground, leading to lung cancer.
For more tips on how to maintain a healthier environment in your Long Island home, please contact Cool Power, LLC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about a healthy home environment and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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