Winter Tips: How To Improve Indoor Air Quality in Charleston, SC

During the winter months, it’s natural for families to spend more time enjoying the comforts of home. In fact, you may have heard we spend nearly 87 percent of our time indoors. The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS) shared the statistic long before the world faced our current situation. Given this information (and in light of elevated concern around the air we breathe), today’s post focuses on improving indoor air quality in Charleston, SC.

Consider Ultraviolet Light Air Cleaners

We recently spotlighted the benefits of ultraviolet light air cleaners and for good reason: although no solution provides complete protection, they help to eliminate germs, bacteria, mold, algae, mildew and contaminants from the air. You may have seen us share information on Facebook regarding the latest on iWave Air Purifiers and how they can help your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) when it comes to SARS-CoV-2 and Human Coronavirus 229E (pathogen test results are also available on their website).

Keep Your HVAC Serviced

All manufacturers recommend HVAC maintenance. A few things the ECHA team will handle during the visit include: checking all electrical connections, making sure that there is enough refrigerant in the system, checking the condenser for proper airflow and making sure that the blower inside is providing enough air flow over the evaporator.

Check Humidity Levels

The Mayo Clinic describes humidity as “the amount of water vapor in the air.” There is a sweet spot for humidity levels in your home (ideal humidity levels range from 30-50 percent). These levels relate to your comfort level and correlate to your health. High humidity harbors mold and dust mites; levels below 30 percent relative humidity can lead to dry, uncomfortable sinuses. Our team can help you improve the comfort level of your indoor air through our humidifier and dehumidifier services.

Review Your Cleaning Routine

Focus on handling dust and dirt in your home, especially when allergies are an issue (the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America publishes a list of common indoor allergens for those who suffer from allergies). WebMD shares a handful of tips such as using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, upgrading to a microfiber mop, adding floor mats and more.

Careful With Artificial Fragrances

Although you may gravitate towards scented home and cleaning products, there is no substitute for fresh air. The Children’s Environmental Health Network reports, “many synthetic chemicals in fragrances are derived from petrochemicals (petroleum-based), and can be harmful to human health.” They go on to say, “chemicals found in man-made fragrances include phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, and benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and toluene, which are known carcinogens.” Craving a nature-inspired scent? Look into natural simmer pots as long as you’ll be in the kitchen to enjoy.

We’re Here to Help

Do you have questions about indoor air quality in Charleston, SC? We would love to walk you through possible solutions. The East Cooper Heating & Air team is committed to its employees, customers and communities. We are taking proper measures to ensure the safety of our team members and our customers. Let’s work together to keep you and your family comfortable. Contact us today to get started; give us a call at (843) 375-6592 or fill out our online request form.

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