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Eight Ways to Disinfect, Sterilize, and Clean Your Indoor Air

Last updated: 05-23-2020

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Eight Ways to Disinfect, Sterilize, and Clean Your Indoor Air

These days, homeowners (and even business owners) are more conscious than ever about their indoor air quality. And as an HVAC professional, you probably receive your fair share of questions about how indoor air can be improved. Fortunately, there are numerous recommendations you can make to your clients to help them disinfect and clean their indoor air. Some of them can even create repeat business for you!

A high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can remove more than 99% of particles from the air. If your clients are not currently using a HEPA filter and are wondering why their indoor air quality is so poor, this is the first recommendation to make. Installing a HEPA filter is simple and takes just a moment of your (or your client’s) time.

Germicidal UV lights are small devices that can be installed within existing HVAC ventilation/ductwork to trap and neutralize particles, dust, allergens, and more. These lights can be installed by an HVAC professional and are compatible with nearly any residential system.

Some homeowners mistakenly believe that if they keep their HVAC fan running at all times, air will be better circulated, and thus air quality will improve. In reality, running HVAC fans constantly can actually increase indoor humidity levels and promote mildew/mold growth. Instead, fans should be set to “auto” year-round for the best results. This also results in less wear and tear on the fan motor itself.

Suggest that your clients bring some plants into their homes. A little greenery can go a long way in improving air quality. That’s because plants can help to remove pollutants from the air and generate clean oxygen. There are several common house plants that are known to be excellent cleaners of indoor air, including English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, and Spider Plants.

An air purification system is perhaps the most effective way to drastically improve indoor air quality over time. Air purification systems can be installed by HVAC professionals. Standalone units can also be purchased and set up by homeowners themselves, though ultimately, a professionally installed system will be more effective.

In an effort to keep a clean home, many homeowners end up further polluting their indoor air. That’s because many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals and emit dangerous fumes. Switching to a “green” line of house cleaning products can be a great way to keep a clean home without polluting indoor air in the process.

A little fresh air can go a long way in boosting indoor air quality. Even opening windows for a few minutes once a day can provide much-needed circulation and allow pollutants to exit the home. Windows should be cracked whenever possible when cooking or using cleaning chemicals, too.

A tuned-up HVAC system will work more efficiently, resulting in better indoor air quality (and fewer costly repairs down the road). If your clients needed another reason to stay on top of their regular servicing appointments, make sure they’re aware that these tune-ups can help with air quality, as well.

These are just a few of the many tips you can pass along to your clients the next time they ask about improving indoor air quality. And with any luck, you’ll be able to assist in the installation of a germicidal UV light, air purification system, or other hardware!

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