Humidity and allergies and mold are all major air quality concerns.

Humidity and allergies and mold are all major air quality concerns.

If you’ve loaded down your house with air purifiers, tissue boxes, and box fans, but you haven’t had luck fighting off humidity, allergies, and mold, don’t worry, you still have options.

Other indoor air quality guides available on the internet focus on opening windows and doors to let fresh air in. While you should definitely try to get fresh air, this isn’t always seasonally possible. But when the air inside your home can be dirtier than the air outside your home what can you do?

Even when it’s bleak outside, you can still improve air circulation within your home. And the good news: you may already have what you need.

Your HVAC system affects more than just the temperature of your home. We can also use your HVAC system to address issues with indoor air quality.

At Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical, we work with thousands in the New Jersey area each year to improve their homes’ air quality. These solutions may involve adjusting part of their existing HVAC system or installing additional equipment.

At the end of the day, though, it’s up to you to decide which options are best for you. Our job is just to help you learn about all of your options.

In this article, we explore a range of ways you can improve air quality within your home. For some of these, you won’t need any additional materials or tools. Others can help address specific needs and air quality concerns more in-depth.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Ways you can improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home using your HVAC system include:

  • Increase air circulation
  • Check your HVAC filters
  • Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system
  • Invest in HVAC indoor air quality products

In the coming sections, we’ll discuss each of these solutions. We’ll start with the easiest, quickest fixes and work up to options that can address more serious IAQ issues.

Increasing air circulation inside your home can address several indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, including:

  • Dusty or polluted air
  • Stuffy, humid air
  • Uneven temperatures

Most newer thermostats either have a switch labeled “auto” and “on” or a button with a fan icon that allows you to toggle between settings. Either way, this controls your blower fan and motor.

Your blower motor is responsible for circulating conditioned air throughout your home year-round. When you set your fan to run on “auto,” your blower can only circulate air when your air conditioner, heat pump, furnace, or air handler is running.

However, if you set your fan to “on,” your blower can run even when your HVAC system isn’t heating or cooling your home. This means that the air in your home can circulate more frequently. This can help even out temperatures throughout your home, even in muggy rooms.

Increased air circulation also means that your HVAC filtration system filters the air in your home more frequently, which can be great for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

While we generally recommend constantly running your blower, this may not always be comfortable. When your system isn’t running, your blower can only circulate room temperature air. This can make you feel a little chilly when it comes out of your vents.

But still, if constant air circulation isn’t comfortable for you, we recommend letting your blower run as much as you can to address some of these issues.

Your HVAC system’s filter can negatively affect indoor air quality in two ways if not handled properly:

  1. By reducing airflow
  2. By neglecting to catch harmful particulates

Your HVAC filter’s job is to remove dust, debris, and allergens from the air circulating throughout your home.

As your filter collects particulates, it’s normal for your filter to get dirty. This is why it’s important to regularly change your filter.

Depending on the type of filter your system uses, you may need to change your filter every month or only once a month. Your filter’s packaging can likely offer insight. But you may need to change your filter more regularly than the packaging recommends at times.

It’s important to remember that these recommendations are based on lab results. The conditions inside your home will likely vary.

If you notice weak airflow coming from your vents, it may be time to change your filter.

It’s important to listen to your HVAC system. The longer a filter stays in your system, the dirtier it will become. If you go too long between changing your filter, it can become clogged. And filter clogs can seriously damage your system.

Changing your filters can also improve air circulation throughout your home.

But increased air circulation can be a bad thing if your filter isn’t prepared to remove harmful particulates from the air.

While almost all filters can remove larger debris from the air, some fail at catching smaller particles like pet dander and pollen. This can especially be difficult for those with allergies.

But this isn’t something that you have to adapt to there are a number of different types of filters available today.

One-inch filters have been the standard since the 1950s. But many one-inch filters only catch larger particulates.

Examples of particles that a four-inch filter can catch: 

  • Bacteria
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Soot

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, switching to a different type of filter could help.

Switching to a different filter can also help if you have issues with lingering pet or cooking odors.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ has been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

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