Have HEPA Air Filters Installed
In your home, air quality depends on its purity. Outside, hundreds of pollutants – dust, mites, dirt, dander, pollen, and mold – float in the air. Yet, indoor air quality is actually worse than the outdoor air in almost every case. This phenomenon is called indoor air pollution, and it has serious health implications for your family. The allergens in-home air may trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, itchy eyes, shortness of breath, and even an asthma attack.
Look into having HEPA air purifiers installed in your home, especially during the allergen-heavy spring, summer, and fall months. HEPA air filters are very effective at capturing infinitesimally small dust particles, dander, mites, pollen, and mold spores (97% efficiency at the 0.3-micron level). With efficiency like that, breathe easier knowing that your family’s air is clean and pure year-round.
Hire A Duct Cleaning Service
When air is pumped through your vents and ducts, sometimes the heavier particles (dirt and dust) drop out. Similar to the clumping of dust bunnies under the kids’ beds, these allergens accumulate in your ducts, where air passes through every time your HVAC system turns on. In essence, these little allergen sources release pollutants into the air whenever you activate your HVAC system.
A duct cleaning service controls the air quality in your home. By removing the buildup of dust and dirt as well as eliminating mold and mildew in your ducts, you should be able to improve your home air quality dramatically.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Allergy sufferers often worsen their symptoms by keeping their windows open. While fresh air is lovely, outdoor air carries tons of pollen, mold and debris, which wreak havoc on the immune systems of your family members, especially those with asthma or allergies.
Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Limit the number of times you go in and out. If you have a HEPA air filter, the air in your home should be pure. By opening windows or going inside and out, you’re letting clean home air escape and unfiltered, allergen-laden air enter.
Use an Air Conditioner (With A Purifier) In the Summer
Many air conditioning units come equipped with an easy-to-change air filter. An air conditioner provides cool air in your home – and easy access to the filter for frequent changes. Ultimately, you have control over the quality of the air your family breathes.
Think of your air conditioner not only as your home cooling system, but also as your dehumidifier. By reducing the water in the air, you make your home less hospitable to moisture-loving allergens like dust mites, mold and mildew. Decrease the number of water-soluble pollutants in the air to see marked improvements in your home air quality.
Maintain the well-being of the ones you love: Help them breathe easier by improving your indoor air quality with these tips and tricks.
For more tips on controlling the allergens in your home and improving indoor air quality, contact the On Time Experts. Our Comfort Consultants are here to help you and your family stay comfortable and breathe easier, now and for years to come!