Considering that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, it is very important to create a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment whenever you and your family are inside. According to studies by the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can lead to health problems that include allergies, headaches, rashes, and respiratory issues, such as asthma and sinusitis. Joseph Frederick & Sons Delaware HVAC contractors are here to share a few proactive tips that are often necessary when trying to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergens in your family’s home.
Replacing Furnace and Air Filters
Common indoor allergens like dust, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen are notoriously known for collecting in your home’s air ducts. Joseph Frederick & Sons Delaware HVAC contractors recommend that homeowners change their furnace and air filters at least every 90 days for optional air quality. Remembering to change all of your filters at the start of each new season throughout the year is a great way to stay on top of this chore. Also, using high-efficiency air and furnace filters will help reduce the amount of these harmful indoor allergens that circulate through your home.
Changing Your Bedding Regularly
Dust mites are another common indoor allergen that can be found on your pillows, mattresses, carpet, and furniture. To avoid poor air quality, Joseph Frederick & Sons Delaware HVAC contractors recommend using allergen-proof covers on all pillowcases, mattresses, and box springs in your home. Be sure to wash all of your bedding and blankets in warm water and your choice of washing detergent at least once a week as well to keep dust mites at a minimum in your living spaces.
Routinely Cleaning Your House
Vacuuming is an absolute must when trying to reduce allergens and improve the air quality in your home. When dusting your home, Joseph Frederick & Sons Delaware HVAC contractors recommend using a microfiber cloth that will hold the dust instead of moving it around from object to object. Rugs and carpets are also notorious for trapping allergens in your home. Avoid having large area rugs in your house if possible; use smaller, washable rugs that can be washed once a month as a simple alternative.
Monitoring Humidity Levels
Most thermostats are able to provide you with the humidity level inside your home. Joseph Frederick & Sons Delaware HVAC contractors suggest using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home to prevent dryness. But be wary, if you do not monitor the humidity levels you could be inviting mold and dust mites to grow and live in your things. The CDC recommends keeping humidity levels below 50% to reduce dust mites and mold, and prevent them from growing. Homeowners can also use a dehumidifier if needed to control humidity levels, as well as vent fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
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