How to Maintain Healthy Air Quality Inside of Your Home
Why Maintain Air Quality Control?
Maintaining air quality in your home is important for the people and pets who live there and for your wallet. Ensuring the air in your home is clean will keep people and pets healthy by reducing the number of pollutants ingested on a daily basis.
Part of this includes the routine maintenance of your HVAC system. This will cut down on potential problems with your system, which can cause damage or raise your electric bill as your system tries to regulate the temperature in your home.
Minimize Pollutants By Keeping Clean Floors
Clean floors are the first place to start when you’re looking to maintain air quality control in your home. Pollutants such as pet dander, mold, and dust are easily trapped in carpets and have a tendency to fly around on the surface of hard floors.
These unsavory particles become airborne easily, which can cause respiratory issues, fatigue, and even digestive issues in some people, this is why there are so many different benefits to clean air. There are a few ways to minimize exposure.
First, you’ll want to vacuum once or twice per week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and then follow with a microfiber mop on all hard floors. This ensures that most of the pollutants that can become airborne are removed from your floors.
Next, you’ll want to get floor mats by every entrance to your home. People and pets also track in toxins from outside that make their way onto your flooring. Floor mats will reduce the number of pollutants tracked throughout the home. (For more information on how to make your own floor cleaner, please see Homemade Floor Cleaner)
Improve Airflow By Opening Windows
Having proper ventilation in your home will ensure that old stale air is moving out and new fresh air is coming in. This means fewer pollutants for you and your pets to breathe in. Homes are created to be as air-tight as possible in order to regulate temperature efficiently. While this is good for your electric bill, it isn’t so great for your home’s air quality.
Luckily there are a few different ways you can ventilate your home. The first is to open windows or doors to allow clean air to flow inside. If you live in a polluted area, you may want to wait until traffic has slowed to avoid risking allowing more toxins in. Another way you can encourage airflow in your home is to have an exhaust fan installed. These fans can be set to either suck air out of your home or push fresh air into your home. These are often installed in kitchens or bathrooms, but they aren’t limited to those areas.
Find the Root of the Problem
If you’ve taken all of the above steps to improve the air quality in your home, but you’re still having problems, it’s important to find the source of the issue. Getting to the root of the problem will help you feel better and will ensure your HVAC system is running smoothly.
In order to find the source, you’ll need to address your HVAC system. First, you’ll want to check your air filter. This is a square piece of spun fiberglass or pleated fabric encased in a cardboard frame.
Its job is to catch all of the pollutants as the circulated air is pushed through the fiberglass or fabric, finally then being dispersed into your home. If you hold the filter up to a light and can see through it, your filter is not the problem. If you can’t see through it, then it’s time to replace your filter.
If you haven’t stayed on top of changing your filter, it’s also possible that damage was done to your HVAC system. As debris builds up, it creates more work for the fans and ducts in your system. If this is the case, you’ll want a professional to inspect it for you to ensure proper functioning.
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