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Boosting the Indoor Air Quality in Your Apartment

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If you live in an apartment in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg, or anywhere throughout the Montgomery County, MD area and the indoor air quality leaves something to be desired, you may be suffering more than if you lived in a large, single-family home, where some airborne irritants would be diffused.
At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, we have a few tips for you that can significantly improve the air quality in your apartment:

Ventilate Your Space

Ventilation is simply the exchange of old air for more breathable and cleaner air—and it’s especially important to think about if you live in an apartment. As the weather gets nicer in the springtime, open up the windows in your apartment to flush out airborne irritants. When the weather isn’t cooperating, run a ceiling fan instead. Bathroom and kitchen fans are very advantageous since they remove irritants from the room and also increase the amount of air that is ventilated from the outdoors.

Want to improve the air quality in your small kitchen space? A great trick is to soak a towel in warm water and place it in a prominent place in your kitchen—it will attract odors.

Source Control

According to the EPA, one of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of pollution or reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or closed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, course control is a more cost-efficient approach to protecting and boosting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can raise your energy costs.

Air Cleaners

If you’ve shopped for air purifiers (also called air cleaners), you probably already know that there are many types and sizes. For an apartment or even a condo, a portable tabletop model might be appropriate, allowing you to move it to different rooms based on your air quality needs.

If you’ve shopped for air purifiers (also called air cleaners), you probably already know that there are many types and sizes. For an apartment or even a condo, a portable tabletop model might be appropriate, allowing you to move it to different rooms based on your air quality needs.

The EPA states that the effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air (expressed as a percentage efficiency rate) and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element (expressed in cubic feet per minute). A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector. The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer’s directions.

At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been installing quality air cleaners for customers in the Montgomery County, MD for many years. Call us at 301-990-7970 or contact us online to schedule air cleaner installation and improve the indoor air quality in your apartment. Also, keep in mind—scheduling air cleaner installation now (at the start of spring) can help you better cope with allergy season.

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