Simple Tips for Improved Your Home’s Air Quality
There is no way to overestimate the importance of having clean air in the home. Indoor air quality can impact everyone in the home’s health in a variety of ways, causing things like frequent headaches, allergic reactions, worsening asthma, and fatigue. However, there are ways that homeowners can work to maintain air quality, which will be discussed today.
How Clean Floors Help Maintain Air Quality
A large part of this is the material the floors are made out of. Usually, these fall into one of two categories - carpet and non-carpet. Carpeted floors can make it harder to maintain air quality as they act as a trap for dirt, dust, and other allergens in the home.
While this impacts everyone, it is especially problematic for younger children who spend most of their day closest to the ground. Regular vacuuming using a HEPA filter can help control many of those issues.
In general, non-carpeted floors are a better option for air quality. Hardwood floors are the most common option. There are very few cons to hardwood from an air quality standpoint, but they do require regular maintenance as dirt and dust become far more visible. There are other non-hardwood options available as well, like laminate, tile, and vinyl.
To Maintain Air Quality In The Home, Open The Windows!
Ventilation also has an important part to play in good indoor air quality. Often, the easiest way to do this is by opening up the windows. Open windows encourage natural air circulation in the home, which benefits air quality in two ways.
Proper ventilation helps to maintain air quality by reducing the level of humidity in the home. High humidity levels can lead to the growth of mold, which is a major source of asthma and allergic health issues. The optimal level for a healthy home should be between 30 and 60%. Opening the windows is a natural way to maintain that balance.
Open windows also allow for the dissipation of indoor contaminants. Many homeowners don’t realize that these are a big deal while looking at how to maintain air quality. However, any chemicals used in the home, as well as those created by various appliances, can build up in the air and affect its quality.
In addition to helping maintain air quality by opening windows, other forms of ventilation should be used. This includes properly installed exterior exhaust fans for the kitchen and all bathrooms.
Find The Underlying Problems To Maintain Air Quality
One commonly overlooked yet simple way to maintain air quality is by regular replacement of air filters. A clean, properly installed air filter filters out the vast majority of contaminants in the home - things like dust, dirt, pet hair, smoke, etc.
If the air filter is too dirty, the contaminants that would normally be trapped inside will just continue to recirculate around the home. For a normal home, they should be changed every 3 months. Homes with pets or smokers should be changed every 2 months.
If problems persist, homeowners should look into a full air duct cleaning. In rare cases, mold may have built up in the ducts. This will need to be thoroughly cleaned by a professional, and used in combination with other attempts to lower the home’s humidity level.
About Easco Air Conditioning and Heating
Located in Willis, Texas, Easco Air Conditioning and Heating has been offering full, reliable, 24/7 service since 1982. Their staff provides multiple HVAC options including air conditioning, heating, and furnace installation, replacement, and repair as well as air duct cleaning and other indoor air quality services.