If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve never thought much about the air quality in your house. But this one simple factor can affect many aspects of your life, including whether or not you suffer from allergy symptoms and how well you are able to sleep.
There are many everyday items that contribute to the air quality level in your home, Obvious factors include things like whether or not you smoke in the house, or if you have a pet that sheds quite a bit. But there are many other contributors you may not realize, including:
In Florida, where temperatures can rise pretty high in the summer, many homeowners keep the home shut up tight in the summer months to preserve the cool air. This helps to reduce the air conditioning bill but is not so great for the air quality, as the same irritants and pollutants cycle back through the system with no way to escape outside.
There are simple things you can do to improve the air quality within your home on a daily basis. Just making these simple adjustments can result in a significant change to your air quality.
The easiest way to keep your air clean is to stop dust and debris from getting into the HVAC system in the first place. One easy way to do this is to have your family and visitors wipe their feet thoroughly before coming in, or take shoes off as they enter. This will keep a good amount of dirt and germs out of the home. You can also increase the frequency with which you pick up allergens around the home. Dust often to help pick up and trap dust before it enters the air filtration system. Sweep and mop frequently, especially if you have a pet that sheds or brings in dirt from the outdoors.
The level of humidity and moisture in your home can cause mold and allergens to grow. A moist environment is all mold needs to take fold and start growing in your home. If the humidity content is too high inside your home, you can purchase a dehumidifier from a home improvement store. You should also investigate you home for any sources of excess moisture, like leaky or dripping pipes, and resolve them to eliminate the source.
The HVAC system in your home typically has a filter that you are supposed to change regularly. Many homeowners forget to change them or wait too long to do so, which doesn’t allow the filter to work optimally. Put a reminder on your calendar to change the filter every six weeks or so to keep it fresh.
Once you make these small tweaks to your living environment, you will notice a marked improvement of your indoor air quality.