How Clean Is The Air In Your Home?
April, 21st, 2015
When you think about air quality, odds are the first things that come to mind are outdoors; the smell of car exhaust, smoke billowing out of factory stacks, the heavy pollen coverage in the Spring. While cleaning up the air outside is important, most of our time is actually spent indoors.The air quality in there can be pretty bad, too.
Cleaning up the air inside won’t be difficult, and there are a few things you can do to help your indoor air be easier to breathe.
Don’t skip Fido’s bath! Pet dander is a huge source of indoor air issues. The best way to take care of this problem is by regular bathing and grooming. Dogs don’t always like getting a bath, but they can learn to tolerate one if they know a treat or play session is coming at the end. Be sure to give them a good brushing as often as you can, outside if possible. That should minimize the amount of hair – and dander – that gets shed in the house. Not much for bathing your pooch? Look into a local dog groomer and become a regular! Your dog will love the car ride and you’ll love the convenience.
Hit the ‘sweet spot’ for humidity. Homes are being built more and more airtight each year, which means that the air inside may not always be like the air outside, especially when it comes to humidity. A home that’s too humid can lead to mold and mildew, and one that’s too dry can lead to congestion and waking up with a sore throat and a stuffed up nose. Try to keep your in-home humidity below 50%, but not by much. If you’ve got a humid home, invest in a dehumidifier to keep things dry.
Don’t track dirt through the house. Set a mat or large basket by the door, and declare it the “shoe spot”. Everyone takes off their shoes right as they enter and deposits them right in that basket. This keeps dirt and dust particles from outside from getting stomped through every room. Worried about your feet getting cold in the winter? Keep a pair of house shoes or indoor slippers right next to the basket, so you can slip out of one pair and into another.
Upgrade your vacuum – at least a little bit. An old vacuum will lose efficiency over time, and some of them weren’t built for all that much work. If you can afford to, replace your vacuum with a higher-quality, newer model. If not, be sure to replace at least the filter. With both, your filter needs to be a HEPA filter, designed specifically to be highly effective at clearing up the air.
Check your filter. You’ll hear it from us all the time, and we’re not going to stop saying it any time soon. The easiest way to fix up the air quality inside your house is also one of the best; just replace your air filter! Many people use filters long past when they’re no longer operating effectively, which leads to poor air quality. Make sure you check on yours once per month, and you will most likely need to be replacing it that often, too, at least during the spring and summer. It not only clears the air, but helps your central heating and cooling run more efficiently – which saves you money on those power bills.
If poor indoor air quality is a problem you can’t seem to fix, you may have something going on in your actual ventilation system. In that case, give us a call here at Corley and we’ll send a professional out to take a look. We’re fast, friendly, and willing to work around your busy schedule when you need us. Try these tips and tricks, but keep in mind that regular maintenance and checkups are the best way to keep your indoor air quality where it needs to be.