Air Quality? It probably gets you thinking about the outdoors or smoggy distant cities like LA, but the air quality in your home has a big impact on your quality of life each day. The air in your home is vulnerable to air from outside as well as pollutants inside the house. Some pollutants are tracked into the home and others come from a new paint job on the walls, formaldehyde in new furniture, or chemicals used in carpet cleaners.
Beyond these chemical pollutants are normal allergens that can build up inside the home. Dust mites, a microscopic allergen, mold, and pet dander get into our homes. Even if you don’t have pets, it’s likely a pet owner you know brings some into your home.
The people most affected by these indoor pollutants are children, the elderly, and people with asthma or other respiratory conditions. But repeated exposure over the years has the potential to affect anyone. So what can you do?
Change your filters on your HVAC, furnace, or air conditioning system at least once every three months. During a high use season, you should change filters every month. Checking them regularly for dirt on a monthly schedule will greatly improve the air quality in your home by removing dust and other contaminants from circulating through the air duct system in your home.
Since household dust is unavoidable, don’t let it build up. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce lead, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Using a HEPA filter will also reduce the kind of fire-retardant chemicals applied to most modern furniture, called PBDEs.
Make sure your vacuum isn’t blowing dirt back out by using one with rotating brushes, strong suction, and a HEPA filter. Vacuum over the same spot two or three times in high-traffic areas like hall entries and kitchens. Make sure to get furniture with a brush attachment where chemicals and dust can linger.
Get a maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling unit at least once a year. Doing so will help you avoid expensive heat or air conditioning repair in Minneapolis, MN in addition to removing dust from its system. These appointments improve air quality and air flow by vacuuming dust out of the system behind the air filters, where escaped dust builds up over time. A technician also cleans out dusts, allergens, mold, and pollens that accumulate in the air ducts and vents around the home. Not only is this maintenance smart for reducing allergy symptoms, but it also helps extend the life of your AC or heating unit by improving airflow from the cleaning. When the machine doesn’t have to work as hard bringing air through the system, it will also save you money on your monthly utility bills.
Keep a large doormat in front of every door into the home. People track in tons of dirt onto your floors and carpet when they skip on this easy step. Track it onto the mat instead of into the home. Doormats help keep out some of the pesticides, dirt, pollen, and other allergens people carry on their shoes from the outdoors. Removing shoes at the door as you enter the home will also help reduce the spread of these allergens. Just make sure you frequently vacuum and mop this area since it will build up dirt quickly.
These four strategies will help you keep your home air quality at its best.
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