When you have asthma, allergies or any other chronic health disorder that affects your breathing, it can be difficult for you to ever feel comfortable, even in your own home. However, what you may not know is that there are ways you can vastly improve the air quality in your home to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
One of the best ways to improve the air quality in your home is to make changes to your HVAC system, as well as to develop ways to better control the air in your home. Having better control over the contents of your air, the humidity levels and the temperature will help to improve the air quality and your breathing.
Here are some ways you can improve the air quality in your home, so you have a sanctuary where you can breathe easily and comfortably despite any respiratory ailments.
Be Sure You Change Your Air Filters Frequently
The least expensive way to quickly improve the air quality in your home is to change your HVAC system's air filters frequently. This is also one of the most effective solutions to poor air quality. For people without respiratory ailments, it is generally recommended to change a residential air filter once every three months.
However, with severe respiratory allergies or other ailments, you will want to change your air filter far more frequently. It would not be overly zealous to change your air filters every month, particularly in seasons that are harder on your lungs. Doing so will ensure that you have the purest air possible circulating throughout your house.
Replace Your Older HVAC System with a More Efficient One
Sometimes, simply changing your air filters monthly is not enough to help you breathe better. Older HVAC systems are less efficient at filtering out contaminants than newer systems. Even if you change the filters often, an older system may limit your air quality from improving.
Because of this, replacing your old HVAC system may be the next necessary step to take. Look for a high-efficiency HVAC system that accommodates many filters rather than just one. To better purify the air, you want to look for a system with proper airflow and multiple filters for optimal filtration.
Use Humidifiers in Winter and Dehumidifiers in Summer
When you have respiratory problems, the humidity in the air makes a big difference in your breathing comfort. Too little humidity can cause you to cough and experience irritation. Too much humidity can overburden your lungs, making your chest feel heavy and your breathing thick and labored.
You will want to have two systems in your home to help deal with both of these issues. During the winter, you will want to run humidifiers in your home to add moisture to the air and prevent the air from getting too dry inside your home. Alternatively, in the summer it is important to get the moisture out of the air by using a dehumidifier.
Ideally, you will want to keep the humidity levels in your home somewhere between 35 percent and 50 percent humidity to prevent mold and other airborne contaminants and toxins. If you are able to control your humidity more precisely by using an upgraded HVAC system as well as humidifiers and dehumidifiers, a level of 40 percent humidity is usually the most comfortable for a person with respiratory ailments.
Now that you know more about the ways you can improve the air quality in your home, you can get started making changes and breathing easier. For more information on improving the air quality in your home, contact the experts at Air Necessities Heating & Cooling.