Improving your indoor air quality is crucial not only to your health but to the health of those around you. What’s good about indoor air quality vs. outdoor air quality is that most of the time, you have more control over your indoor air quality. If you live in an apartment building where you share the air with others living close by, then it may be more difficult, but there are still steps you can take to clean the air within your home.
In some cases, there may be some pollutants that require a professional’s help to get rid of it. For instance, you shouldn’t handle asbestos or lead removal unless you have prior experience in doing so. If this situation is true for you, give our team at Ambient Edge a call at (888) 240-8283 for more assistance.
Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
There are several methods you can use to check and improve the quality of your indoor air. What follows are a few DIY suggestions you may find helpful.
Purchase an Air Quality Test or Monitor
You may be able to check whether there are any pollutants in your air by way of an air quality test or monitor that you can purchase yourself. For instance, there are a variety of radon tests you can purchase, for a variety of different prices. Each test has different parameters insofar as how to measure your air quality, and for how long.
Basically, the tests work like this: you plug in or set aside a test in a spot where it won’t be disturbed. It then measures the pollutants, if present, in your air over a set period of time. In some cases, you read the results yourself, whereas with others you mail the test into a lab to find out the results.
If you discover abnormally high levels of a particular pollutant, there is no need to panic. Ambient Edge can help you safely remove the pollutant and get your air quality back to the purer level that it needs to be.
Check for Mold
When it comes to pollutants, mold may be one of the easiest to spot because you can usually see it and smell it, as opposed to pollutants like radon and carbon monoxide, which you can’t see, smell, or taste.
If you don’t see any mold, but you still smell it after thoroughly cleaning your home, then you may want to hire a professional to come in and look around to find the source of the smell.
Listen to Your Body
Sometimes you don’t even need an air quality test in order to tell something is wrong. If you’ve had consistent respiratory issues, headaches, nausea, or dizziness, this may be a sign that something is definitely off with the air quality in your home. For instance, carbon monoxide is notorious for causing confusion and nausea, whereas a scratchy throat and watering eyes can be a sign of dust or debris buildup within your air ducts.
Pick Up an Air Purifier
A good way to tell if you have poor indoor air quality is to note the difference before and after using an air purifier in your home. Install the purifier in an area where traffic is heaviest, such as by the front door. If you begin to notice a change in your health (and perhaps even a noticeable change in your air) within a few weeks’ time, then this is a good sign that you’re significantly cleaning up the air within your home.
Change Your Air Filters
Preventive maintenance is key to controlling the levels of air pollution in your home. Whether it’s your air ducts or your air conditioner, you must ensure regular maintenance of your air filters to ensure clean indoor air. Clean your filters regularly, and change them every 90 days (or every 60 days if you have pets) to ensure consistent clean air in your home.
Need Help Improving Your Indoor Air Quality? Ambient Edge Can Help with That!
Taking care of your indoor air quality is taking care of yourself. While it can be gross to live in a mess of built-up dust and debris, nothing is worse than the toll such a thing can take on your health.
That’s why Ambient Edge is here for you, no matter what time of day you need us. Our licensed team of technicians is fully licensed and experienced in all matters relating to HVAC and air pollution, and we know how to remove even the toughest pollutants in a safe and efficient manner.
All you need to do is complete the contact form on our website, or give us a call at
(888) 240-8283 to get started. Let’s work together to clean up your air today!