We often place a lot of importance on outdoor air pollution, but since we spend most of our time indoors, we shouldn’t glaze over indoor air pollution. Did you know that indoor air quality is often far more polluted than outdoor air? Use these five tips to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Frisco, Texas, home.
Clean Your Home Thoroughly
To avoid chemicals and allergens from accumulating in your home, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. A vacuum with a HEPA filter, rotating brushes, and strong suction will catch most of the dust and dirt. In high traffic areas, you may have to vacuum the same spot a few times. Remember to thoroughly vacuum other areas that also attract pet hair, dust, and dirt, such as upholstered furniture and carpet edges.
Once you’ve vacuumed, be sure to mop up the remaining dust on hard floors. With new microfiber mops, you don’t even have to use fancy soaps or cleaning solutions. Simply use water, and you’ll find that you’ll capture most of the remaining dust.
Keep the dust and dirt out with floor mats at each door. You’ll be surprised by how much dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants are trampled into your home via shoes. A big mat will catch most of the dirt. Better still, have a shoes-off policy in your home, and make sure everyone leaves his or her shoes at the front door.
Make Your Home a No-Smoking Zone
Secondhand cigarette smoke is probably the worst indoor air pollution out there. Cigarette smoke has thousands of chemicals. It increases the risk of a child developing an ear and respiratory infections, asthma, or other illnesses. For adult smokers, it causes cancer, breathing issues, heart conditions, or even a stroke.
Maintain a Healthy Humidity Level
Dust mites and biological growth love damp areas. By keeping the humidity level around 30-50 percent, you’ll keep dust mites, biological growth, and other allergens under control. During the summer months, your air conditioner will help to reduce the moisture in your indoor air. Your AC will also reduce the indoor pollen count — a plus for allergy-sufferers.
Additional ways to dehumidify your home include:
- Use an exhaust fan when you cook.
- Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
- Use an extraction or ventilation fan when bathing or showering.
Avoid Air Fresheners
Walking into a home with a piney or a lemony scent smells so clean and fresh. But synthetic fragrances found in laundry products or air fresheners emit loads of chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks, and cause skin irritations.
So how can you keep your home smelling clean and fresh?
- Use fragrance-free or naturally scented laundry products.
- Change to mild cleaners with no artificial fragrances.
- Let fresh air in. Open your windows to reduce toxic chemical buildup in your home. If you can’t open windows due to pollen allergies or high summer temperatures, keep your home well-ventilated with a filtered AC system.
- Scent your kitchen with sliced lemons, or mix 15-25 drops of essential oil with half a cup of baking soda for a natural air freshener.
- Bring nature indoors with indoor plants that serve as living air purifiers.
Service Your AC
Call us to set up an appointment to have your AC professionally serviced. This will improve your IAQ in a few ways. We’ll professionally clean your condenser coil, inner compartment, and air ducts, removing allergens, dust, and other pollutants. We’ll also check your air filter, making sure that clean air moves through your vent effectively and that your air filter catches pollutants. An AC tuneup will improve your IAQ and save you money. By catching potential problems during our inspection, we can help prevent future expensive repairs while also extending the lifespan of your AC unit.
By simply changing a few things you do in and around your home, you can improve your IAQ. Speak to our team at Advanced Home Comfort for the best IAQ solution to suit your needs. We offer a range of indoor air quality systems to keep your home clean and healthy air all year round. Call us at (972) 996-2511.
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