How To Improve Indoor Air Quality During the Summer

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During the summer, you want to make sure your home or business has adequate ventilation. HVAC system needs to work properly so that you can properly cool the area, but a comfortable building involves much more than simply bringing in cool air. You also need to make sure indoor air quality is optimized. Various pollutants and contaminants can enter the air, and they can make the hot season unbearable. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can improve indoor air quality in your building.

Groom Pets Regularly

If you have any pets, then you want to make sure you groom them regularly to keep the inside of your home comfortable. During the summer, it can be a good idea anyway to trim your dogs or cats fur so that the animal will not overheat. You should speak with your veterinarian before cutting the fur too short because you want to make sure it will ultimately be best for the animal. However, fur needs to be maintained to keep dander out of the air.

Bring in Greenery

Bringing plants inside your home can serve multiple purposes. Not only will they serve as wonderful decorations, but they will also clean the air. There are many different types of plants that help with removing carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde and other pollutants that may enter your homes air. Some plants grow easier during the summer when the sun is out more, so liven up your home with fantastic greenery.

Set Up a Dehumidifier

If you do not already have a dehumidifier in your home, then you need to invest in one now. A dehumidifier will especially come in handy if you live in a particularly humid climate. Numerous allergens and pests, including dust mites, thrive in humid climates, so you want to be certain humidity levels do not get too high in your house. It will also help you avoid mold development in your abode.

Swap Out Air Filter Monthly

Your HVAC system uses an air filter to send clean air into your home. However, over time, this filter will become dirty and require replacement. Ordinarily, you should replace this filter once every three months, but during the summer when you will use your air conditioner more often, you should replace it once a month. It helps with ensuring you do not put more contaminants into the air.

Install UV Lighting in AC Units

Mold is a common culprit for the deterioration of indoor air quality. You can see if it has already made an impact by having a professional conduct indoor air quality testing, but you can prevent it on your own by installing UV lights throughout AC units. Mold thrives in dark, damp environments, so installing lights throughout the ducts will keep it at bay.

You do not want your home to be unbearable to lounge in during the summer when you should be relaxing. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, low-cost ways to breathe easier. With these tips, you can beat the heat and have the knowledge you are not breathing in harmful materials.

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