We all know that air quality plays a significant role in our health. But what shocks most residents is learning that the air quality in their homes is lower than the outside air. Research has found that due to poor ventilation and the number of pollutants used in many homes, the air quality can be ten times worse indoors than out. But the good news for health-conscious homeowners is that there are many simple ways to increase the air quality in your home.
Improve The Ventilation
A simple air exchange can significantly improve the air quality in your home. On a nice day, open all the doors and windows to allow fresh air into your home. You can also accomplish a much-needed refresh of your home’s air by placing fans in the windows to draw outside air into your house. Turn on the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to increase the airflow.
Commit To Eliminating Aerosol Cans
When you use any product in an aerosol can, propellants are used to get the liquid out of the can. And these propellants are also contaminating the air in your home. But worse than that, you are breathing the propellants and tiny particles of the hair spray, bug spray, deodorant, or cleaning product as well. The wise choice is to select products offered in a pump spray bottle, a solid, gel, or infused in a wipe. These will all eliminate a significant pollutant in your home’s air and the possibility of you ingesting the products.
Decrease Mold And Mildew
Using exhaust fans is the best way to reduce the moisture created when showering or cooking. By reducing the humidity or moisture in your home’s air, you are reducing the potential for mold and mildew growth in your home. It is also important to eliminate water leaks that can foster mold contamination in your house.
Remove Your Outdoor Shoes
You would be amazed at the amount of dirt that enters your home on the shoes that you wear outdoors. But in addition to dirt, you are also tracking in pollen, animal dander, and harmful chemicals. You might only have walked across a small grass area. But your shoes are now coated with pesticides, herbicides, and other contaminants that will soon be on your carpets and floors. Remove your shoes at your door. Then slip into your indoor shoes after entering your home. This will also significantly reduce seasonal allergens.
High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters remove much smaller particles than traditional air filters. Some also offer a carbon-based filtration that removes common allergens like mold spores, pet dander, and dust particles. HEPA filters can be installed on your HVAC equipment as well as your vacuum to remove the most contaminants from your home’s air.
Vacuuming is the most critical job when cleaning to improve your home’s air quality. Experts recommend you vacuum twice a week. And the cleaning process should include all carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies for the best results. In addition, it is essential to schedule an annual duct cleaning for your home’s HVAC system. This cleaning will remove all of the dust and debris that has settled inside the ductwork. Homeowners who have skipped duct cleaning for several years are often shocked and embarrassed when they learn that over 50 pounds of dust and dirt were removed during a professional duct cleaning.
To learn more about ways to improve the air quality in your home, call (912) 225-4056. The HVAC experts at Thompson & Thompson Service Group offer many services and products that will provide added air filtration and purification.
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