Optimizing Indoor Air During an Air Quality Alert

With recent air quality alerts around central Indiana, you might be wondering about the air quality inside your home and whether poor air quality outdoors can result in diminished air quality inside your home. The short answer, according to the EPA, is yes. If smoke in the air is thick enough, the microscopic particles can also get inside your home and have an impact on your respiratory system. If you are particularly sensitive to smoke, you might have felt the effects in your eyes, nose, and throat.

The good news is that there are measures you can take to ensure the best air quality possible inside your home. 

The EPA recommends the following actions to ensure optimal air quality inside your home:

  • If you have a central HVAC system with a fresh air intake, you can close it or adjust your settings to recirculate.
  • The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, tells you what size of air particles your filter is able to trap. The higher the rating, the smaller the air particles your filter can catch. Use the highest MERV filter your system can accommodate. 
  • If you have an evaporative cooler, the EPA recommends that you avoid using it in smoky conditions because it can actually bring more smoke inside your home. 

Additionally, HomePro recommends keeping your HVAC system well-maintained with regular maintenance and addressing any issues promptly. Duct cleaning and regular filter changes can also ensure optimal system efficiency and air quality. 

A whole home air purification system is the best way to ensure maximum air quality in your home. These systems are much more effective than portable air purifiers at removing dust, allergens, and other particulate from the air, including smoke particles. HomePro is currently offering $100 off our air quality systems. Call us at 317-271-2665 or request a quote below.