As of publishing this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19, a respiratory illness with severe effects, is making us more aware of the air we breathe.
It turns out that respiratory conditions can be worsened by low indoor air quality. It’s absolutely paramount that people take indoor air quality seriously, and not just for this disease, but for the common cold and seasonal flu as well.
So how do you improve your indoor air quality? Take these simple steps to improve air quality in your home.
Control The Humidity Level
It’s important to maintain a proper level of humidity in your home.
If it’s too humid, it can cause stuffiness in the room. Worse yet, it can cause mold and mildew to proliferate on surfaces and circulate in the air. This can cause sickness and discomfort.
If it’s too dry, it becomes difficult to breathe. Dry air is also perfect for the transmission of airborne viruses, which transmit through respiratory droplets that hang in the air after a cough, sneeze, or even while someone is speaking.
We recommend an air humidity level of between 30% and 50%. Between this range is a normal range.
Controlling humidity requires humidity devices such as humidifiers and dehumidifiers. It’s recommended to have one of each for your entire house, especially if you’re in a climate where dryness or humidity is a concern.
Maintain Air Purity
Air purity is a measure of how much particulate is floating in the air. Particulate can include dust, debris, bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and much more.
Breathing this stuff in can cause you to get sick. So what do you do about it?
You’ll want to install an air purifier, ideally one that is able to eliminate a majority of bacteria and viruses in the air.
Keep A Well Ventilated Home
We live in homes that are well insulated and tightly sealed. This is a good thing for overall home comfort, but it doesn’t help indoor air quality.
Getting fresh air ventilated into the home is important for indoor air quality as it allows air from the inside to be refreshed with air from the outside.
You will want a ventilation solution like an air exchanger to help bring air from the outside in, and vice versa.