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Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Home

Layer of smog blankets Salt Lake City in early winter inversion. Utah's Air Quality

Utah’s Air Quality

As Old Man Winter makes his way back to Utah, you will probably find yourself spending more time indoors. And with the return of the cold winter, so comes the infamous Salt Lake City inversion that affects the air quality outside. You might be wondering what is the Salt Lake City inversion, and how can you steer clear of the nasty air? You might also be wondering how to improve the air quality in your home so it is a safe refuge from the air outside.

The Salt Lake City Inversion

First, what causes inversions in Utah? An inversion is a winter weather phenomenon that often affects residents of Salt Lake and the Wasatch Front. After a snowstorm, the mountains trap the cold air inside the valley. The bowl shape of the valley traps the cold air underneath a layer of warmer air. This confined air collects pollutants and prevents them from escaping the surrounding environments, leading to diminished air quality. The inversion lingers until another storm system comes in to clear out the air. When there are unhealthy levels of pollutants in the air, a warning is issued for air quality. These are known as red air quality warnings. Unfortunately, red air quality days are a common occurrence in the winter in Utah.

Many residents of the Wasatch Front are concerned about how to keep the pollution from the SLC inversion from affecting them. As the air quality outside diminishes, people are often told to stay inside and out of the polluted air. Staying inside might be one way to get out of the Salt Lake City air pollution, but what about the air inside your house? And what is the best way to improve air quality inside?

In this article, we’ll discuss how to improve the air quality in your home. If you find that you are worried about the inversion and smog in Salt Lake City, you may want to consider a few of these tips to ensure that the air inside your home is as clean as it can be.

Inside Air Quality

The less time you go outside and the more time you spend in your house might have you thinking about the air  you’re breathing every day, and how you can improve home indoor air quality

Even if it’s cold outside, chances are you spend more time indoors than you do outside. In fact, the average American spends 87% of their life indoors. So, thinking about improving indoor air quality could be the best decision you make this year.

Fortunately, you can take a few immediate steps that will quickly improve the air quality of your home. From performing regular HVAC maintenance to changing air filters to installing a humidifier, there are plenty of things you can do after wondering, “How can I improve the air quality of my home?”

Here are a few of the top suggestions from the heating and cooling experts in Utah at Manwill.

How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Repair man changing a folded dirty furnace air filter in the HVAC furnace system in basement of homeChange Your Air Filters

One of the simplest ways to improve airflow and air quality is by routinely changing your air filters. It is a process that you can usually handle on your own. Our how-to guide on changing furnace air filters makes it an easy task that you can easily accomplish. For an even bigger impact to your home’s air quality, consider scheduling a duct cleaning with Manwill. This option doesn’t need to be your first choice, but it can help in some cases. You can read what the Environmental Protection Agency says on air duct cleaning at https://www.health.harvard.edu/iaq.

Install a Home Humidifier

Another thing you might consider when it comes to the air quality of your home is its humidity levels. Humidifiers can make a massive difference, especially in dry climates like Utah’s. An evaporator humidifier can work with your heating system to combat dry air.

Along with minimizing dryness, the evaporative humidifier combats its symptoms, including dehydration, respiratory conditions, such as asthma and sinusitis, an irritator of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. You can work with Manwill’s air and heating service technicians to learn more about how humidifiers will improve your home’s air quality.

Keep Your Home Clean

One of the best ways to ensure quality air in your home is by keeping your space clean. Regularly cleaning your home will reduce dust and animal dander. The accumulation of these can even lead to mold, which will greatly impact your air quality. Some of our top suggestions include the following:

  • Vacuum 1-2 Times a Week

Keeping your carpet and area rugs as clean as possible will help eliminate pet dander, mold, and dust from your home. Make sure that you use a powerful vacuum cleaner that comes equipped with a HEPA filter. Opting for hard-surface floorings like wood, laminate, and tile is also a wonderful option for reducing allergens in the home. 

  • Regularly Washing Bedding, Drapes, and Fabric Items

Fabric tends to attract dust, dander, and mold, especially if you have pets. You can reduce build-up by washing these items in water of 130° F or hotter. You should also clean pillow covers, mattresses, and box springs as often as possible.

  • Reduce Clutter Around the Home

Leaving items around your space can trap and hold dust. Pick up clutter to help reduce the accumulation of these allergens.

Consider Installing an Air Purifier

If indoor allergens are worsening your allergies and you cannot find the source of the issue, an air purifier might be a great option, especially if you have a household pet. These air system products, particularly ionic purifiers, will help minimize the irritants that could be causing your symptoms. It will also help reduce dust, mold, and dander build-up. While it won’t eliminate all allergens, the difference could be all that you need.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance Services at Manwill to Evaluate and Fix Your Home’s Air Quality

While these small things can improve your home’s air quality, Manwill offers heating and air conditioning services and HVAC repairs throughout Utah. The quality of air in your home matters. Our HVAC systems provide the highest air quality level possible so your family can breathe clean air all day long. We offer everything from regular maintenance services to repairs, installations, and more.

Contact us to schedule your HVAC repairs with Manwill and improve the air quality of your home.