Despite LA air is not dirty we did a lot to clean up our act in the last few years. The air can still get pretty bad. Dust and high pollen counts can wreak havoc on sensitive residents, especially those suffering from asthma or those who have very old or very young household members. We tend to focus on our air conditioners for keeping our indoor spaces comfortable. They are vitally important to handling our hot summers. But controlling the temperature isn’t the same as controlling the indoor air quality, and as key as air conditioners are, they can sometimes use a little help. Here are 3 ways to improve your indoor air quality:
In order to help to trap pollutants like dust and pollen it’s better to install air filters and air purifiers in your HVAC system. They can also cut down on germs and bacteria in your home, as can UV germicidal lights, which kill germs quickly and permanently. Filters use MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings to determine their efficiency. A high MERV rating for your filters can do wonders, and you should always replace your filters regularly.
Another good way to keep the air flowing in your house, one of the hallmarks of good Air Quality is a duct system in your air conditioning. A breach in the duct can allow dusty or polluted air to enter the system, while build-up can reduce the air flow, causing your indoor air to stagnate. A good technician can address both of these issues.
Dehumidifiers lower the moisture content in the air. Anytime relative humidity levels rise above 50%, it leaves human beings feeling clammy and gross. It also forms a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. They can increase the number of colds and ailments your household experiences. A dehumidifier can cut down on all of that, keeping your home comfortable and healthy for comparatively little cost.