Did you know that air pollution leads to at least 15,300 premature deaths in Canada every year? You might think that most pollution comes from vehicles and factories and assume that it's safe indoors. The truth is, indoor air pollution is equally dangerous. Carbon monoxide, radon, and mould can affect the air quality at home. The good news is, there's something you can do about it. Read on to learn four ways you can improve air quality in your home.
Get Professional Duct Cleaning The air ducts are critical to your HVAC system. That's how heated and cooled air travels to each room. Yet unlike each room in your house, you've probably never cleaned your air ducts. Dust can build up within the ducts and cause allergy symptoms and more dust throughout your home. If you've also noticed higher utility bills, consider booking professional duct cleaning services.
Use an Indoor Air Purifier Another way to improve your air quality is to invest in an indoor air purifier. These are typically standalone appliances that collect allergens and other pollutants from the air. Air purifiers are great if you have pets or suffer from seasonal allergies. Keep them in the most-used rooms in your house for the best results. If you have trouble sleeping because of your allergies, you can also consider putting an air purifier in your bedroom.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly Since all the air in your home comes through your HVAC system, HVAC air filters work like air purifiers for your entire home. But, they only work if you change them often. Plan to replace your furnace filter or return air duct filter every 90 days. That said, always check the air filter manufacturer's guidelines on when to replace it. You'll need to replace your air filter more often if you have pets, suffer from allergies, or if you've noticed your furnace is running more than normal. If you've dealt with home construction projects and nearby fires you'll also need to replace your filter sooner.
Let In Some Fresh Air While it's important to filter out particles from your indoor air, you also need to let fresh air into your home. No home is truly airtight so you'll get some airflow naturally. For quicker results, open a window for a while. In warmer months, leave a few windows open on low pollen days. In the winter, just aim to open a window for a few minutes to bring a little fresh air into the house.
Better Air Quality at Home Starts with Mr. Furnace
Good air quality at home is key to your wellbeing and overall health. You can improve it right away by cracking a window, replacing your air filter, or getting an air purifier. It's also a good idea to invest in professional duct cleaning. If you'd like to improve air quality in your home, we can help. At Mr. Furnace Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer filters, duct cleaning, and humidification services to the Winnipeg area. Contact us today to book a service call or to learn more about our services.