Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality 

May 1, 2024 | Pollutants, Air Filters, Air Purifier, Airborne, Contaminants, Dehumidifier, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality, iWave-R, Pollution, UV Lights, Whole-home

Join Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air! in celebrating National Clean Air Month! We’re here to chat about something super important but not always on everyone’s radar – indoor air quality (IAQ). Did you know the air inside your home might be up to five times more polluted than the air outside? That’s because the air just keeps recirculating around your place. It’s a bit of a shocker, but it’s true. And since we all spend a heap of time indoors, making sure the air we breathe at home is clean makes sense. Stick around as we dive into some essential do’s and don’ts for keeping your indoor air fresh and clean. 

Things That Can Ultimately Lower Your Indoor Air Quality 

The following are some factors that may lower your home’s IAQ. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Dust 
  • Germs and viruses 
  • Mold and mildew 
  • Pet smells and dander 
  • Tobacco smoke 
  • Cooking odors 
  • Chemicals 
  • Pollen 
  • Allergens 
  • High humidity levels 

Stop Skipping Those Air Filter Changes 

Don’t forget to change your air filters! Swapping out your air filters is a big deal. These little HVAC heroes keep your indoor air clean by catching dust, dirt, pollen, and other pollutants and preventing them from infiltrating your home. If you don’t change them as recommended, they can’t perform their job correctly, and that lowers the air quality in your home.  

Air Filters Changes: Make sure you’re keeping the air in your house fresh by changing your air filters regularly. A handy tip? You generally want to switch them out every 1-2 months, though it really depends on the type of filters you’re using.  

Stop Letting Odors Build Up and Stuff Up Your Home 

Household odor is just a part of life, nothing to be embarrassed about. Whether it’s from cooking up a storm in the kitchen, odors from your pets, or just the usual household hustle and bustle, smells can stick around and make your space feel less inviting. Plus, they can lower the air quality inside your home. While you may not think that’s a big deal, there are a lot of odors that can do more harm than good regarding our respiratory systems. They can be irritants or allergy triggers to those who are sensitive to certain smells too.  

A Whole-Home Air Purifier: One fantastic solution is installing a whole-home air purifier like the iWave-R. This whole-home air purifier fits right into your current HVAC system and uses cool patented tech to neutralize odors and airborne particles super effectively. Plus, it’s got a awesome self-cleaning feature, making it a low-maintenance choice for hassle-free use. Definitely worth thinking about if you want to boost your home’s air quality without much fuss. 


UV Lights: Another cool way to improve your home’s air quality is by using UV lights. They’re installed right inside your air ducts and work by zapping away nasty airborne germs before they can spread around your house. Fortunately, these UV bulbs are also super low maintenance, as they really only need to be changed out every 2-3 years, making your home a safer and comfier place without exerting too much effort on your part. 

Stop Letting Moisture Build Up and Take Over Your Home 

Does your home have excessively high levels of moisture? This is something you want to watch out for, as it could turn into mold or mildew growing within your walls or other areas of your home. Tell-tale signs of high humidity levels are water stains on your walls or ceilings, musty odors that won’t go away, or perpetually finding your windows covered in condensation. 

A Whole-Home Dehumidifier: If you’re dealing with high humidity at home for any reason, getting a whole-home dehumidifier is a smart move. It works with your existing HVAC system to pull moisture out of the air, putting a stop to mold growth and raising your indoor air quality back to the level it should be at. Plus, it helps your air conditioning unit work less hard, which means it will alleviate the unnecessary strain placed on your system, ultimately creating an avenue for it to run more efficiently and have a more prolonged lifespan. 

You can be successful in raising the indoor quality in your home. It may take some trial and error to figure out your home’s exact IAQ needs, but with the right tools, you can be well on your way to living in a more tranquil environment with cleaner, more breathable air. Have any questions? Give us a call! 

We’d love to be a part of your air quality journey! Call Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air today at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here