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

Celebrate National Clean Air Month with us at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air! We want to highlight the significance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home. Surprisingly, indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air due to continuous circulation. Improving your home’s air quality is crucial, considering the amount of time spent indoors. Continue reading for essential tips on maintaining clean indoor air. 

What Influences Indoor Air Quality? 

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

  • Accumulated dust  
  • Germs and viruses  
  • Mold and mildew  
  • Smells from pets and pet dander  
  • Smoke from tobacco  
  • Odors from cooking  
  • Chemicals in the air  
  • Pollen  
  • Allergens found in homes  
  • High humidity levels  

Stop Ignoring Your Regular Air Filter Changes 

In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget certain tasks – like changing HVAC air filters. But we cannot stress the importance of staying on top of your air filter changes. Air filters are integrated into your HVAC system and designed to catch dust, dirt, pollen, and other airborne pollutants in your home. If not changed regularly, they won’t work as well, and it will negatively affect your air quality. 

Air Filters: For the best air quality at home, make sure to change your air filters often. As a rule of thumb, you should replace them every 1-2 months, depending on the filter type.  

Stop Letting Odors Stuff Up Your Home 

Odor is a natural part of life and nothing to be embarrassed about. It often comes from everyday things like cooking, pets, and household chores, which can leave behind smells that make your home less inviting and even affect the air you breathe indoors. Be aware, though, some odors, (especially from certain cleaning products with harsh chemicals), can be bad for your health if you’re exposed to them too much. 

The iWave-R: If you’re looking for an easy way to purify the air in your home, this advanced whole-home air purifier fits into your existing HVAC system, using patented technology to efficiently eliminate odors and harmful particles from your home’s air. Its standout feature, though, is the self-cleaning mechanism, which means little to no maintenance required from you. It’s an excellent option for hassle-free air quality improvement. 


UV Lights: Another great way to enhance your home’s air quality is through UV lights. Installed inside of you air ducts, they zap and kill airborne pathogens on the spot before they spread in your home. The best part is that UV bulbs are also low-maintenance, only needing to be replaced every 2-3 years. This makes it easy to maintain a safe and comfortable home environment. And this task can be done during your yearly tune-up and safety checks. 

Stop Allowing Moisture to Infiltrate Your Home 

If you’re dealing with too much moisture in your house? Be careful, as it can lead to mold, which is harmful to your lungs and health. Some signs you want to stay on the lookout for are water stains on ceilings or walls, musty odors that just won’t go away, or condensation on windows. 

A Whole-Home Dehumidifier: If you suspect your home has unusually high humidity levels, it’s time to look into what you can do to rectify that. For homes with high humidity, a whole-home dehumidifier is a smart choice. It connects with your HVAC to cut down air moisture, stop mold, and ultimately boost your home’s air quality.  

You can be successful and achieve a higher level of indoor air quality in your home. By knowing what your home’s IAQ needs are, you get the right tools to regain balance of your indoor air quality. Still unsure of where to start? Give us a call and we’d be more than glad to answer any of your questions. 

We’d love to be a part of your air quality journey! Call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today at (937) 502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here