The air you’re breathing in your home may not be as clean as you suspect. In fact, the air you’re inhaling may be detrimental to your health. Here are some practical ways to make sure that you have the best indoor air quality possible.
Maintaining a clean residence is a great start to improving the air-quality in your home. By regularly vacuuming, you will help to eradicate dust mites and pet dander. Vacuuming also helps to remove any allergens that have almost certainly found their way into your carpets. It’s important to make sure your vacuum has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters capture and trap smaller particles that other vacuum filters don’t, making them the ideal choice.
Slipcovers for your couch are a great idea. They are removable and washable and help avoid dust from getting trapped in the crevices of the fabric.
Because it’s a common breeding ground for mildew and mold, your bathroom is another place you should be cleaning thoroughly and regularly. Typical areas to clean are the walls, underneath the sink, the bath mats, shower curtain or shower door, if you have one.
If you have an HVAC system in your home, it’s important to routinely change your air filters. Over time they get clogged with airborne pollutants and that impacts their effectiveness. As a result, airborne irritants can get trapped indoors. New air filters will allow for all irritants to be removed effectively.
It’s also advisable to get your air ducts cleaned regularly.
News flash: It’s hot in Florida, especially South Florida. Because of this, we tend to keep our windows and screen doors shut more often than not. On cooler days and evenings, make it a point to open windows around your home to allow the flow of fresh air. If you live close to a high-traffic area, or commercial zone, you may want to invest in some screen filters for your windows. This will keep out any pollutants and gas emissions from the surrounding neighborhood.
Using an air conditioner during the summer greatly improves the air quality in your home. AC units remove water from the atmosphere. And because many pollutants happen to be water-soluble, your AC will remove these pollutants. Not only this, but they also improve airflow throughout your home. Your AC can even combat hay fever by removing pollen particles from circulation.
We can’t forget about the pollution that is created inside of our homes. If you cook with natural gas, it’s a good idea to get the connectors and components cleaned out and adjusted every year. Doing this ensures that your gas is burning clean. Emissions from your natural gas stove can be potentially harmful if they aren’t removed. When you cook, remember to open some windows to allow for the gases to escape naturally. It’s also a good idea to install a fan in your kitchen, or any other area in order to promote airflow.
Having pets doesn’t have to be so messy. For those us who adore animals and love having them in our homes, an air purifier is an excellent idea. When placed in the most commonly used spaces of your home, air purifiers help to capture the irritants that may be triggering your symptoms. Although these may not completely remove the allergens, they will remove most.
A dehumidifier is a great way to remove dampness in your home, which affects air quality. Another recommendation is to install extractor fans into your bathrooms; these will extract moisture preventing mold from forming.
As you can see, there are many things that can be done to improve your indoor air quality. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, we offer a wide range of air quality services that present holistic solutions for your home. Don’t compromise on your indoor air quality, call Art today!
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