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5 Tips For Optimising Indoor Air Quality in Warmer Months

As we've been teased with fleeting glimpses of sunshine already this year and the promise of warmer days ahead, thoughts of the hot, sticky summer months start to creep into our minds. With the anticipation of lazy afternoons soaking up the sun and balmy sunset-coloured evenings, it becomes essential to prepare our indoor spaces for the heat. Amidst the excitement, it's crucial not to overlook the importance of maintaining comfortable and healthy indoor environments, especially as we dread the prospect of tossing and turning through hot, uncomfortable nights. One key factor in achieving this is optimising indoor air quality.

Overheating Woman

As well as sleepless nights, poor air quality in your home can also have severe effects on your health with staggering consequences. According to the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, indoor air pollution contributes to around 40,000 premature deaths in the UK annually. This alarming statistic underscores the urgent need to address indoor air quality and its impact on our health, especially as we approach the warmer months.

To help you prepare for the warmer seasons ahead, we've gathered five expert tips to improve your indoor air quality this spring and summer.

1. Maintain Your HVAC System

Your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system plays a vital role in regulating indoor air quality. To keep it running smoothly, make sure to regularly clean or replace the filters. This prevents the circulation of dust, pollen, and allergens throughout your home, ensuring that the air you breathe is clean and fresh. Consider scheduling a professional inspection to ensure that your HVAC system is operating efficiently and effectively, especially after the winter months when it may have been working overtime.

Fixing Hvac

2. Control Humidity Levels

High humidity levels can create the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew, leading to poor indoor air quality and potential health issues. Use dehumidifiers to maintain an indoor humidity level between 30-50%, preventing mould growth and reducing indoor pollutants. Be sure to address any sources of excess moisture in your home, such as leaks or poor drainage, to keep humidity levels in check.

3. Invest in Air Purifiers

Air purifiers equipped with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are highly effective at capturing particulate matter, including pollen, dust, and pet dander. These pollutants tend to increase during the warmer months, making air purifiers an essential tool for maintaining clean indoor air. Place air purifiers strategically throughout your home to target areas with the highest concentration of pollutants, such as living rooms and bedrooms.

Boy with air purifier

4. Controlled Ventilation

Improving airflow throughout your home is crucial for reducing indoor pollutants and maintaining a comfortable environment. However, it's essential to consider the quality of outdoor air, especially in urban areas, where pollutants may be present. Instead of relying solely on open windows, filtered airflow systems can help bring in fresh air while minimising the intake of outdoor pollutants. Consider investing in such systems for a more controlled approach to ventilation, ensuring both indoor air quality and energy efficiency are maintained.

5. Choose Natural Cleaning Products

The cleaning products we use can have a significant impact on indoor air quality. Opt for natural, non-toxic cleaning products made from environmentally friendly ingredients. Avoid aerosols and harsh chemicals, which can release harmful fumes into the air and exacerbate indoor air pollution. When selecting new furniture, carpets, or paints, be mindful of formaldehyde and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which can off-gas and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Choose low-VOC or VOC-free options to minimise exposure to these harmful chemicals.

By implementing these five tips, you're not just improving your indoor air quality – you're investing in the long-term comfort and well-being of your family. At Hartts Construction, we understand the importance of creating spaces that promote health and happiness. Whether it's through renovation projects that prioritise proper ventilation or recommending eco-friendly materials and cleaning products, we're committed to helping you achieve a home environment where you can thrive.

Here’s to a summer of cool fresh ambience at home and endless outdoor adventures – courtesy of Hartts Construction!

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