Everybody knows about the importance of good air quality, but did you know that the air inside your home can have a level of pollutants up to 100 times higher than the air outside? Most people would think twice about moving to an area with poor air quality outside, without giving a second thought about the air they’ve been breathing in their homes for years. Having low-quality air inside your home can lead to some serious health issues. Depending on the type of pollutants present in your indoor air, you could be exposing your family to an elevated risk of cancer, pneumonia, asthma, allergic reactions, and heart disease.

If you’re concerned about the quality of the air in your home the first step you should take is to have the air tested. Testing the air quality of your home will give you information about which solutions will be the most valuable for you to implement.

Here are some steps that you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home

Invest in an air purifier

Air purifiers will refresh stale air and can even remove some pollutants. One of the best types of air purifiers to get has a high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are capable of removing up to 99 percent of harmful particles from the air in your home.

Maintain your ducts and vents by cleaning

Air ducts are tight spaces that allow for the build-up of dust, dust mites, mold, fungi, bacteria, germs, pet fur and dander, and even chemicals. Maintaining will not just clean your ducts and vents but also make your HVAC system work more efficiently.

Regularly check your HVAC filters

Clogged, dirty filters reduce the amount of airflow and significantly reduce a system’s efficiency. Checking filters is where you can decide whether you want to clean or replace them. Constantly cleaning the air circulating throughout your high-efficiency HVAC system will greatly improve the quality of the air in your home.

Always schedule maintenance for your HVAC system

All systems need regular maintenance to continue running smoothly. Regular maintenance helps your system perform more efficiently and steadily in distributing warm and cool quality air. Regular maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible. Keeping your heating or cooling system up to date on maintenance is a crucial step in improving the quality of the air in your home.