On average, Americans spend 90% of their life indoors. While inside, the air you’re breathing has two to five times more pollutants than you’d be breathing outdoors, reports the Environmental Protection Agency.
If those statistics make you wonder if you’re doing enough to breathe the cleanest air possible inside your home, you aren’t alone. MTB Mechnanical’s expert HVAC technicians often counsel homeowners on methods to improve indoor air quality.
As summer in Charlotte heats up and you’re even more likely to escape the weather inside by the air conditioner, here are three solutions MTB technicians often recommend to homeowners who are focused on clean air:
1. Implement a Dehumidifier
The Carolina humidity can wreak havoc on your home if left unchecked. In fact, a humid, sticky house can actually encourage mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew spores are some of the most common allergens, particularly harmful for those with asthma or seasonal allergies.
By considering a whole-home dehumidification system, you’ll automatically keep the humidity levels inside your home stable.
2. Install a UV Light System
From germs and bacteria to pollen and mold, your HVAC system can circulate the contaminants that make their way inside your home. By installing a UV germicidal light in your ductwork, the system will constantly be working to render all pollutants inactive. For people who find themselves constantly sick or in homes that feel or smell “moist” during periods of heavy A/C use, UV lights may be the answer.
Many hospitals utilize these same systems to rid air of germs and viruses before they even leave the HVAC ductwork.
3. Choose Your Filters Wisely
While each HVAC system requires a new filter at different intervals, most people don’t change their HVAC filters often enough. If you’re concerned about indoor air quality, consider upgrading the filters you choose to models specifically designed to trap particles like dust, debris and hair. Your MTB HVAC specialist can recommend the air filter or air filtration system that is best for you.
Have trouble remembering to change your filters? Sign up for MTB’s filter reminders and next time you’ll receive a friendly email notification.
MTB Mechanical has been helping Charlotte area residents improve their indoor air quality for decades, especially once the weather warms up and air conditioners turn on. Plus, Priority Comfort Agreement customers get a variety of perks, including two maintenance visits each year. Improve your indoor air quality and keep up with the maintenance that will assure your HVAC runs smoothly. Make an appointment online or give us a call today at (704) 459-4066 .