Winter’s chill and summer heat force us indoors more than we’d like. It’s important to take a close look at the air quality in your home. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of the air you breathe in your home. Being aware of what contributes to the overall air quality in your home and how to remedy problems is the first step to breathing clean air.
Contributing Factors to the Air you Breathe in your Home
Smoke – We all know that smoking inside the home is a definite contributing factor to bad indoor air. Aside from the discomfort caused by the odor, there are proven health risks to occupants who breathe second hand smoke. Smoke also adversely affects any surface it touches. The best remedy we can offer here is to not allow smoking inside your home.
Humidity – check humidity levels in the home. The ideal relative humidity for indoor air is 35%. Too much humidity, and the home is susceptible to mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause health problems and like smoke, can damage surfaces. Too little humidity leads to scratchy throats, dry skin and static electricity. Dry air also damages wood floors and furnishings. Using a whole house humidifier in the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer helps maintain the right humidity. We recommend Aprilaire products and offer a variety of options.
Household plants are good for filtering the air in your home, but can be a harbor for mold. Be sure you are watering them properly and not allowing water to stand.
Flooring and Furnishings – Carpets make it easier for dust mites to collect which affect people with allergies and those in poor health. Make smart choices when purchasing new carpet, furniture and building supplies. Look for products that are formaldehyde-free. If you don’t have this option, make sure you air them out as much as possible before installing the items in your home. Regularly vacuum and clean floors and furnishings to minimize dust.
Cleaning Products, aerosol sprays and other chemicals you use in your home contribute to the air quality. So, be sure you are mindful how you use these products. Read labels and follow manufacturer instructions. Equally important, remember if you can smell it, you are most likely breathing it, too.
Cleaner is always Better
Yes, cleaner is better. Some folks are more sensitive to the contributors to bad indoor air. We all want to open the windows on a beautiful day, but outdoor air can bring in pollen and other allergens. Regularly cleaning and maintaining your heating and cooling system helps keep the air clean inside. Keep filters changed monthly and consider adding a high-efficient air cleaner to your heating and cooling system. UV Lights can also improve the indoor air you breathe. Call us to help you solve your indoor air problems. We have solutions. How can we help you?