Poor air quality can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. It can affect your mood, cause fatigue and is proven to be linked to asthma and other lung diseases. Especially if you already suffer from respiratory issues it is important to do what you can to improve your homes air quality and reduce the number of indoor allergens. We often never think of indoor air quality, but it can actually be worse in our own homes than outside. There are many contaminants that can effect the quality of our air such as mold, radon, carbon monoxide and pet dander. Even dust mites cause people a lot of irritation. Thankfully, there are many easy ways that you can reduce the number of allergens in your home to improve the air quality. Here are some tips!
1. Change your air conditioner’s filter regularly.
Your filter should be changed every 30 – 90 days. They do eventually become clogged and will no longer work properly. If you have pets you should change your filter closer to every 30 or 45 days as your AC filter will become clogged up with pet hair and dander fairly quickly.
2. Have your air ducts checked and cleaned.
. Get in a professional to have your air ducts inspected to ensure they do not have any buildup of dander, dust or even mold
If you have areas of your home with unnecessary items, you should get rid of them. Having a clutter free home will help with dust buildup.
4. Wash bedding regularly
Wash bedding regularly and do not let laundry pile up to help reduce dust mites. You can also buy allergy-proof bedding.
5. Keep carpets clean
. If you have rugs or carpets in your home, you should make sure that you clean them properly at least once a week. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Carpet is known for trapping in dust, dander, dirt, and other allergens. If you have upholstered furniture you should also vacuum them on a regular basis.
Keep your humidity level between 30 – 50%.
This will aid in keeping dust mites and mold under control. You can buy a hygrometer to keep track of your humidity level. Invest in a dehumidifier, especially for the basement to lower humidity levels.
. Use your vents when cooking. Open up your windows and doors occasionally to let fresh air in and circulate.
Improved air quality will help you to be healthier and feel more rested. HVAC Group services the Toronto area and can help with air quality testing, servicing your air ducts, and proper ventilation in your home. We spend much of our time inside particularly during winter months, so it is more than worth it to better your indoor air quality.