It should go without saying that proper and regular HVAC maintenance is an excellent way to make sure you and your family enjoy quality indoor air. However, there are other easy and practical steps you can take to further enhance the quality of the air that you breath in your home. Below are a few ways we would like to highlight.
Maintain a Smoke-free Environment
Cigarette smoke has more than 4,000 chemicals in it. Second-hand smoke has been known to increase the risk of asthma and cancer as well as sudden infant death syndrome in children. Turn your home a no-smoking zone and you immediately eliminate one of the greatest sources of indoor air pollutants.
Bring Nature Inside
While it’s true that indoor plants can make a room more appealing, they’re not just for decoration. Indoor plants act as natural air purifiers. The leaves and root system are quite efficient in absorbing a number of chemical pollutants that are released into the air by synthetic materials. However, if you have pets or very young children, make sure the plants you choose to bring inside your home will not be harmful when accidentally ingested.
Monitor Humidity Levels
Molds thrive in a damp environment. Maintaining a healthy humidity level (around 30 to 50 percent) will prevent mold and other allergens from growing and spreading. Use a dehumidifier in the winter and the AC in the summer to help reduce moisture in the air and keep mold in check. Other simple ways to dehumidify your home include fixing plumbing leaks, venting the clothes dryer to the outside, and cracking a window or using an exhaust fan when using hot water in the shower or in the kitchen.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Vacuum often and make sure you use a HEPA filter to capture and trap as much of the dirt, pollutants and dust mites as possible. Don’t forget to vacuum upholstered furniture. Empty and clean your filters regularly. Use a wet mop to pick up any dirt your vacuum cleaner may have missed. Put a large floor mat at every door to prevent visitors from tracking outdoor dirt into your home. Making sure your floors are clean goes a long way in improving the air quality in your home by getting rid of a number of microscopic air-borne particles.
For expert advice and effective solutions on how to maintain the ideal air quality in your home, call us. Our HVAC professionals have several years of experience and training in all aspects of commercial and residential HVAC maintenance. Enjoy a safe and comfortable indoor environment – get in touch with us today.
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