Cooler temperatures are on their way and that usually means we’re going to be spending more time indoors. We often assume our indoor air is much safer than outdoor air, but this is actually not true in many cases. In fact, because homes are being built more airtight than in the past, we’re actually exposed to more indoor air pollution. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to allergies, asthma and may cause serious long-term health consequences.
Building materials, cleaning products and new furniture are just a couple items that can release toxic chemicals into the air. Dust mites, mold spores and pet dander are microscopic irritants that are found in the air regardless of how well we clean, while smoke from fireplaces, cooking and cigarettes are more visible and damaging. Luckily, there are a couple easy ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
- Try to limit the amount of pollutants you introduce into your home. Use chemical-free cleaners, avoid air fresheners and do not allow smoking indoors.
- When you clean, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This will help you remove a lot of airborne contaminants. You can also damp mop or wipe any solid surfaces to remove more dust.
- Put large floor mats in front of all of your home’s entrances. A lot of pollutants are dragged in on footwear, and these mats will capture most of it before it hits your floors.
- Furnace and air conditioner filters need to be changed regularly. Filters are designed to capture air pollutants, so dirty filters are working against you.
- Make sure you have proper ventilation in your home, especially in your kitchen and bathrooms. Fans will help circulate the air and prevent mold growth in these areas.
Since 1979, Powers Heating & Air has been providing Peachtree City and the surrounding areas with expert advice and service. For more information and solutions to improve indoor air quality, we invite you to contact us today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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