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Ways to Address Indoor Air Pollution

When most people thinkYou can improve the quality of your indoor air. of air pollution, they picture smog-filled cities, factories billowing clouds of smoke high into the sky and trouble for the environment. We don't usually think about the air in our own homes, and we don't generally think of our families as possible victims. In reality, though, some of the most dangerous air pollution around is right inside our own homes.

Fortunately, there's plenty you can do to take care of indoor air pollution and promote good air quality inside your house. Here are three great ways to do it:

Indoor Air Quality Systems

The simplest way to address air pollution in your home is to attack the causes of the problem directly. The HVAC industry has produced a range of specialized systems to clean up the air in your home and help you breathe easier.

  • Air Cleaners and Purifiers: Think of these specialized systems as your frontal assault on air pollution. They filter the air and directly remove the dust, debris and contaminants that lead to lower air quality.
  • Ventilators: Sometimes, letting fresh air into your home is as easy as opening a window. During the summer, though, you can't have a window open and run your air conditioner at the same time. Ventilators work with your air conditioner to exchange old, stale indoor air for new, clean outdoor air without wasting cooling power.
  • Humidifiers: Another way to help your family breathe easier is to maintain a good humidity level in the house. Humidifiers not only ease asthma and allergy symptoms but also help preserve wood furniture.

Changing Air Filters

Maintaining your air conditioner is a key step in the fight against air pollution. If your unit has a reusable filter, wash it with water and let it air dry completely before putting it back in. If you use disposable filters, get your replacements from a factory authorized dealer. In either case, never let your AC run without the filter.

Routine Maintenance

Even if your home uses a ductless system for its heating and cooling, these heat pumps still require routine maintenance. Be sure to have a licensed HVAC contractor inspect and calibrate your system at least twice annually. This will not only ensure your ductless heat pump operates at its highest performance level, it can help make certain it does its part to filter the air you breathe.

If you don’t have a system free of ducts, you might want to consider upgrading. A Mitsubishi Electric dealer can answer your questions about going ductless and improving indoor air quality. To find a contractor in your area, just search our site today!

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