Stop Doing These Things That Lower Your Indoor Air Quality 

May 1, 2024 | Pollutants, Air Filters, Air Purifier, Airborne, Contaminants, Dehumidifier, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality, iWave-R, Pollution, UV Lights, Whole-home

Join us in celebrating National Clean Air Month at Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling! As your go-to HVAC experts, we’re excited to share how important indoor air quality (IAQ) is in your home. You might be surprised to learn that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Despite what most people think, improving the air quality where you spend the majority of your time is super important. Keep reading to discover the key do’s and don’ts for maintaining great indoor air quality. 

What’s Messing with Your Indoor Air Quality? 

Here are some examples of things that lower your home’s IAQ. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Dust buildup  
  • Germs and viruses  
  • Mold and mildew  
  • Pet odors and dander  
  • Tobacco smoke  
  • Cooking smells  
  • Airborne chemicals  
  • Pollen  
  • Household Allergens  
  • Humidity  

1. Stop Overlooking Your Air Filter Changes 

One thing you really shouldn’t ignore is changing your air filters on time. Air filters are basically the unsung heroes of your HVAC system keeping our indoor air clean, filtering out dust, dirt, pollen, and all sorts of pollutants. If you forget to swap out these filters when they are full, they won’t work as well. This means they won’t clean the air as effectively, which isn’t great for your health. 

Change Your Air Filters: Make sure your home’s air stays fresh by keeping up with your air filter changes. A good rule of thumb? Swap them out every 1-2 months, though it really depends on the type of filters you’re using. Regularly changing your air filters is key to keeping the air in your space clean and breathable. 

2. Stop Letting Odors Stuff Up Your Home 

Odor happens, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Whether it’s from cooking up a storm in the kitchen, pet odor, or just everyday living, odors can build up and stick around, making your place feel less welcoming and even messing with the air quality inside your home. Plus, some smells, if you don’t tackle them, can actually be bad for your health.  

A Whole-Home Air Purifier: The iWave-R is a great option to achieve higher indoor air quality. It fits right into your current HVAC setup and uses innovative patented technology to clean your air efficiently. Plus, the iWave-R has a pretty great self-cleaning feature, making it a low-maintenance gadget. It’s definitely a solid pick if you’re looking to boost your home’s air quality without any fuss. 


UV Lights: Another great way to up your home’s air quality is by using UV lights. These are set up by professionals inside your air ducts to zap airborne germs before they can be dispersed throughout your living spaces. The cool part? These UV bulbs are super convenient, needing a swap only once every 2-3 years. This means little to no maintenance as the bulbs can be changed by your technician during your yearly safety and tune-up checks. 

3. Stop Letting Moisture Accumulate within Your Home  

If you have particularly high humidity levels in your home, watch out. Keeping an eye out for moisture is key. So, if you’re spotting water stains on your ceilings or walls, consistently catching a whiff of something musty, or seeing your windows sweat with condensation, it’s time to take action. 

A Whole-Home Dehumidifier: In case you are dealing with humidity, getting a whole-home dehumidifier is a clever move. It works with your HVAC system to pull moisture out of the air, stopping mold in its tracks and making your indoor air overall feel better. Not only does it make your home more comfortable and comes along with all the health benefits, but it also alleviates unnecessary strain on your air conditioning, which can help lower energy bills and prolong your system’s lifespan. 



A peaceful and healthy living space is founded upon proper indoor air quality. You can obtain higher indoor air quality by utilizing the right tools for your specific needs. If you have any more questions or would like to talk about the best option for your home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! 

Call Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling today at (513) 540-1716, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!  


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