In our last blog on indoor air quality, we covered the idea of indoor air quality, and how it can impact your comfort and health. As people spend more time indoors, the need for higher quality indoor air increases. Homes with cleaner, more pure air have occupants who are healthier and enjoy spending time in their homes more. Legacy Services Air Conditioning & Heating is back with some clever ways that you can improve the quality of the air in your home in New Braunfels.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Often, when we talk about air, people naturally tilt their heads back and look towards the general direction of the ceiling. This makes sense, as we know that pollutants, like haze and smog, cloud the air, and drift upwards. However, one clever way to keep your indoor air clean is to turn your attention to your floors. Our floors are home to dozens of allergens, bacteria, and other pollutants. For carpets, use a powerful vacuum with a HEPA filter. This will rid your home of pollens, danders, dust, bugs, and even some of the harmful chemicals that make up the carpet itself. For hardwoods, make sure to run a vacuum over them, and then to do a pass with a mop. The mop captures all of the dust, dirt, and grime that the vacuum misses or just moves around. Finally, catch pollutants before they can get into your home in the first place. Put floor mats at the exterior door entrances. Encourage visitors and family to remove their shoes before they walk through your home.
Make Your Home A Smoke-Free Zone
Cigarettes and other tobacco products can have a dramatic impact on your not just the quality of your indoor air, but also your health in general. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals. Even those who are smoking, but are near secondhand smoke are at risk of inhaling these toxins. The smoke from cigarettes can lead to ear and respiratory infections, cancer, strokes, and even heart attacks. Ensure that you’re breathing clearly and deeply in your home, and avoid smoking indoors. If you, a family member, or a guest would like to smoke, invite them to smoke outside instead.
Limit The Humidity In Home
If you live in a humid building, more than just you calls the space home. Mold and mites thrive in moist environments, and their presence leads to more allergens and decreased air quality. Ideally, you should limit the humidity in your home to around the 30-50 percent range. To control this, you can use your air conditioner during the summer months, and take advantage of a dehumidifier in the winter months. You can also dehumidify your home by:
- Using exhaust fans, or open a window when showering, cooking, or running the dishwasher.
- Make sure that your clothes dryer is venting outside of your home properly.
- Have your plumbing inspected and checked for leaks. This is a common source of moisture in many homes.
- Don’t overwater your houseplants.
- Drain the drip pans in your air conditioners and dehumidifiers on a regular basis.
You don’t want the air in your home to feel dry, but you shouldn’t feel like your swimming in it either. Dehumidified air means clear air.
Rid Your Home Of Radon
Radon gas is odorless, colorless, and can drastically increase your risk of developing cancer, as this gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that is a by-product of the natural decay of the uranium that is found in soil all over the world. The gas moves through the ground and sneaks into your home through the cracks in your foundation, and holes in your siding. Whether your home is sealed tight, or drafty, you can suffer from radon issues. The best way to check for radon in your home is to have a test conducted. The test is fast, easy, and general very affordable. By working with an HVAC service, you can lower the radon levels in your home to an acceptable level that will not impact your health.
Stay Fresh Naturally
It’s tempting to use the sprays, aerosols, and chemicals that are shown on TV to make your home smell good. But while they mask unwanted scents, they’re also leaving behind unwanted pollutants that affect the quality of the air in the home. Instead, look for products that are naturally scented, or even fragrance-free. Avoid using sprays of any kind, as they are packed with chemicals. Open up the doors and windows when the weather allows and let fresh, clean air to move the stale air out of your home. Finally, bring plants into your home. They naturally scrub the air of any impurities and produce pure oxygen for your to enjoy.
If you need an indoor air quality test and want to improve the quality of air your breathing, give the specialists at Legacy Services Air Conditioning & Heating a call. We can run a quick test and offer you services that can help you breathe clean air. Contact us today!