Because the home is a confined space, indoor air quality can easily suffer. Dust, chemicals, pollen and mold spores all have the potential to cause health problems. Here is how you can have the best air quality in your home.
Keep out pollutants
Keep doors and windows shut on windy days and days when pollen counts are high. Use mats in front of all exterior doors and encourage all household members to wipe their feet. It is also wise to keep a separate pair of shoes as indoor-only shoes. Keep these by the door and change into them whenever you get home.
Clean for fresher air
Vacuum, dust and mop at least twice a week. This reduces dust mites, pollen and bacteria in the home. Don’t forget to clean upholstery and drapes about once or twice a month.
Many cleaning products and most air fresheners release harmful chemicals into the air. Substitute white vinegar, baking soda, lemon or hydrogen peroxide for safely cleaning most surfaces. The only exception is to avoid using vinegar or lemon on reactive materials such as marble or other stone.
Clean your filters
Test for air problems
Have your home tested for radon, molds spores and carbon monoxide. All are serious air quality problems that can cause illness or death.
Keep humidity in check
Humidity increases mold, mildew and bacterial growth. If your home constantly feels humid, consider a dehumidifier.
Many common houseplants act as air purifiers. Consider adding spider plants, Boston ferns and other plants to your home.
For more information about how you can have the best air quality in your home, please contact us at Cox Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been serving the area of Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Trinity and West Chase since 1958, and look forward to helping you.