Maximizing Summertime Indoor Air Quality

As the seasons change, so does the air we breathe. Transitioning from winter to summer mode in our homes isn’t just about adjusting the thermostat; it’s about ensuring the air we breathe is clean and healthy. Here are some tips to help you maximize indoor air quality, or IAQ.

7 Summer IAQ Tips

  1. Filter Fundamentals: Replacing or cleaning air filters is crucial for maintaining good air quality. Filters trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. During the switch from winter to summer, ensure your filters are fresh to handle the increased allergens of the season1.
  2. Ventilation is Vital: Proper ventilation helps remove stale air and brings in fresh outdoor air. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to expel pollutants and consider an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) for a more efficient air exchange.
  3. Humidity Control: Humidity levels can impact air quality. Too much moisture can lead to mold growth, while too little can irritate respiratory conditions. Aim to keep indoor humidity between 30-50%.
  4. Seasonal Switch for HVAC Systems: Your HVAC system likely has different heating and cooling settings. When switching to ‘summer mode,’ have a professional inspect your system to ensure it’s clean and functioning efficiently.
  5. Mind the Materials: Be aware of the materials in your home, such as paint, glue, and cleaning products. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be emitted by paints, furniture, carpeting, and building materials, deteriorating air quality. Opt for low-VOC products when possible.
  6. Go Green with Plants: Indoor plants can improve air quality by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen. They’re a natural and aesthetic way to enhance the air in your home. Be mindful of their toxicity, especially if you have pets or small children.
  7. Regular Cleaning Routines: Establish a cleaning routine that includes dusting and vacuuming to reduce the accumulation of pollutants. Also, consider professional duct cleaning to remove any debris that may have settled over time.

By following these tips, you can ensure that the air in your home remains healthy and refreshing, making the transition between seasons seamless and beneficial for your well-being.

John Betlem can help you get the indoor air quality products and services you need.

When you count on John Betlem to help meet your indoor air quality needs, you can rest assured that we will provide you with expert services and high-quality products. Our technicians are certified in indoor air quality, which means they understand the different causes of poor air quality inside your home and can help you find a custom solution for your needs. If you’d like to learn more about our indoor air quality services, simply give us a call at (585) 632-6792 and we will be happy to help.