What exactly impacts indoor air quality?05/25/2018You’ve likely heard the term indoor air quality before, and you may even realize how important it is, but Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing wants to ensure you realize what could potentially be affecting the quality of air in your home. When you are spending a lot of time in your home you can permit dust, dirt and other contaminants to build up within your home and affect the air in the house. It might be hard to believe, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors versus outdoors. Here are a few steps you can implement to help manage the indoor air quality in your home. Remove the contaminants – One of the best ways to increase the air quality is to really eliminate the dust and debris. Vacuum and clean weekly to remove the contaminants. You should also wash your bed linens on a regular basis. Properly store household products and cleaning supplies – This helps to keep any fumes contained, especially for anyone in your family who may be sensitive to odors. Ensure your home is properly ventilated – Newer homes are well-insulated and sealed to help conserve energy, so it’s wise to have proper ventilation to allow airborne pollutants to depart from the home. Control the amount of moisture in the home – The EPA also suggests keeping indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. If you are looking for additional ways to improve your indoor air quality, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield offers a diverse selection of indoor air quality solutions, including: Humidifiers Dehumidifiers Germicidal Lights Ventilation Filtration Air Purification If you have questions about how to improve your indoor air quality, our experts are happy to come out and review your home. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or arrange an appointment online.