Simple Ways To Improve Your Home's Air Quality
Allergies are common, and there are many outdoor triggers such as ragweed, pollen, and mold, especially during certain seasons. On top of outdoor triggers, your home could be a main culprit for allergies as well. Poor indoor air quality could be to blame for runny noses, itchy eyes, and even more serious respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 87% of their lives indoors Indoor air pollutant levels are up to 100 times higher than levels you may find outside. While this statistic may be alarming, there are simple, easy steps you can take to improve the quality of air in your home, without even needing an expert!
Eliminate Smoking Indoors
Exposure to secondhand smoke is damaging, even on the rarest of occasions. Smoking indoors one time is enough to contaminate the whole house, even if you try to contain it to one room with the doors closed.
Vacuuming regularly can not only pick up dirt, but also dust and pollutants that are carried in from the outside.
Washing sheets once a week will drastically cut down on the number of dust mites and other allergens that like to settle where you sleep.
Most heating and cooling units simply recirculate air that’s already in the home. If the weather permits, try to open a window or door to let fresh air in.
Keep a Tidy Home
Cleaning surfaces in your home consistently will cut down on dust and dander that has collected. Baseboards and ceiling fans are prime spots for dust to build, and they are often forgotten in routine cleaning.
Pet hair and dander is common in any home with cats, dogs, or other animals. Washing and brushing your pet regularly will cut down on the hair and dander that will inevitably be left behind.
Use Fans in Bathrooms
Everyone loves a hot shower, but no one likes the mold it could potentially bring if that moisture stays stuck in the bathroom. Exhaust fans are great at clearing that moisture out, and can even help with fumes from harsh cleaning agents we often use to get the bathroom squeaky-clean
Change Air Filters
Changing your air filters on a consistent basis is not only key to the health of your HVAC units, but also to the health of your home and family. Filters catch dust, dander, and other pollutants; as they get clogged, they get less effective, and more is let through.
Clean Air Ducts
Microbes, mildew, bacteria, and dust can get stuck and sit in your duct system. Because your in-home air all travels through your duct system, it’s important to keep them clean. By removing the built-up debris and dirt, your in-home air quality will improve.
In addition to these important steps, there are several advanced options for fighting allergy-inducing pollution in your home.
Whole-home central humidifiers keep humidity at your preferred levels throughout your home, creating a healthier environment. Dry sinuses, itchy skin, sore throats, and warped and cracked wood can be prevented by installing a humidifier. In hot and cold environments, humidifiers keep bacteria, viruses, and infections at bay. Too little humidity means vulnerability to infections, and too much creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. There are also whole-home air cleaners that can remove these harmful pathogens.
Climate Control Experts can give you a free quote for duct cleanings, repairs, and whole-home air cleaners. Call us today for a consultation!