Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and the majority of it is at home. You may be perplexed to learn that your home’s air is typically two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Improving your home’s indoor air quality helps you breathe easier, and it can also help you avoid illnesses. Follow these three steps for cleaner and healthier air in your Charleston, SC, home:

Change the Filter

Your heating and cooling system’s air filter has pores for removing tiny particles from your home’s air. Replace the filter once every one to two months for better air quality. Choose a filter with the highest minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) that works with your HVAC system. The higher the MERV value, the better the filter is at trapping particles.

Increase Ventilation

When cooking, showering or cleaning, use the exhaust fans. They’re designed to extract the odors and steam from your home and ventilate them outside. Install an attic or whole-house fan. These pull hot air out of your home’s attic and bring in fresh air through separate intake vents.

Purify the Air

Consider using an air purifier in your home. Portable purifiers work well for a small space, such as a bedroom. However, it’s a good idea to install a whole-house air purifier. These systems have high-efficiency particulate air or electrostatic filters for capturing particles. Some air purifiers also have a UV-C light, which inactivates bacteria, viruses, microbial and pollen. By eliminating these germs and allergens, air purifiers help you avoid many illnesses and allergies.

Improving your home’s air quality extends the life of your HVAC system, enhances your comfort and promotes better health. At Carolina Custom Air, we offer air purifiers, filters and ventilation systems that clean and sanitize your home’s air. To learn more about improving the quality of your home’s air, contact us today.

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