Chances are, you’ve been spending more time inside this year than ever before. From a global pandemic sending workers home to natural disasters polluting our air, our homes have quickly become our schools, offices, and playgrounds. If you’ve got loved ones spending all day indoors, there’s never been a better time to ensure that the air they breathe is allergen-free.
So what can you do to improve your home’s air quality?
Poor air filtration has harmful effects on your well-being (and your wallet). Luckily, there are several small but impactful steps you can take to improve your home’s air quality today. Stay tuned to stay healthy.
Change Your Air Filter
If you’re keeping your home clean but notice allergy symptoms creeping-in, the source may be a dirty air filter. Your furnace and AC unit both have filters that work year-round to filter dust and other particles from the air. Professionals recommend replacing filters every 30 to 90 days.
Use Cooking Vents
Some of the most toxic indoor air pollutants come from your kitchen. Gas stoves can produce formaldehyde and carbon monoxide while wood stoves release air pollution from wood smoke. Even if you’ve got an electric stove, simply cooking oil and fat at high temperatures contaminates the air around you.
Always use some type of ventilation while cooking, whether that’s a range hood or exhaust fan, and make sure it vents to the outdoors. If you’re using an exhaust fan, professionals recommend opening nearby windows. Experts also recommend using the back burners whenever possible. Range hoods ventilate the back area more effectively.
Use an Air Purifier
Air purifiers filter allergens from any given room. While small, strong air purifiers remove up to 99% of airborne bacteria. Just remember to regularly change the filters in your air purifier as you would the filters on your furnace or air conditioning unit.
Clean Your Carpet
Dust particles are easily trapped in carpets and rugs. If not cleaned regularly, you may start to believe that dark hue is your carpet’s natural color – it’s not! Experts recommend cleaning carpets weekly. Also wash linens in hot water and dust all surfaces with a damp cloth to remove excess dirt, dust, and pet dander.
Call the Air Duct Professionals
You may be a diligent cleaner, window-opener, and filter-replacer. But to ensure your home is always free from air pollutants, have professionals clean your air ducts regularly. According to research, dirt and dust in your air duct system can re-circulate throughout your home about five to seven times per day! Having your air ducts professionally cleaned reduces air contaminants throughout your home, not just in one room.
Are there other benefits to having air ducts professionally cleaned?
Aside from removing potential allergens, a professional cleaning increases the efficiency of your HVAC system which of course reduces your electric bill. When it’s clogged with dirt your HVAC unit is working harder to heat and cool. Energy is then wasted, and the lifespan of your system decreases. Save your allergies and your wallet with a professional inspection.
Professional inspections also prevent fire hazards. Extremely clogged air filters can sometimes suck the filter through the system which compromises airflow and causes damage to your HVAC system. When your system is over-clogged and overworked, the unit overheats and can spark a fire.
Even if you’re not one of the many Americans impacted by our nation’s wildfires or work-from-home orders, keeping the air quality in your home healthy should be a top priority. Having your air ducts cleaned is a vital step in maintaining breathable air and a clean bill of health for your loved ones.
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