Indoor air quality is a growing concern among Cincinnati home and business owners, as air quality has a direct effect on one’s comfort, health, and productivity. People today spend an overwhelming majority of their time inside the home or workplace, and the air inside these structures can be far more contaminated than outdoor air – though outdoor pollution is often more widely known and discussed.
While professional HVAC indoor air quality systems can eliminate virtually all contaminants within your home or business, there are some steps you can implement right away to begin improving indoor air quality for your family, employees, and customers.
1. Improve natural ventilation
Ventilating your home or business will remove stale, contaminated air and replace it with fresh air from outside. While outdoor conditions sometimes make it impractical to open windows and doors, doing so on nice, mild days can make a difference in your air quality.
2. Install carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide exposure can be deadly – since this gas has no smell or color, only a properly-working carbon monoxide alarm can alert you of its presence inside the home or workplace. Exposure at lower amounts can cause a host of health-related symptoms, while higher amounts have the potential to kill. If your home or workplace does not have carbon monoxide alarms, purchase and install one for every level or section of the structure. All carbon monoxide alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced seasonally.
Carbon monoxide results from incomplete combustion, and can back up into interior areas if not properly vented. To prevent carbon monoxide from forming in the home, all gas appliances, chimneys, and flues should be professionally serviced annually.
3. Vacuum and dust often
Vacuuming and dusting on a regular basis will remove contaminants from surfaces in the home or business. If these contaminants are left alone, they can recirculate as the HVAC systems run, moving them about the indoor spaces, diminishing your indoor air quality and causing respiratory or allergy symptoms.
For professional indoor air quality equipment and installation, schedule a consultation with the NATE-certified indoor air quality experts at Nelson Comfort today.