Many people assume that air pollution is the stuff that occurs outside of the home, such as pollen, smog or that all too wonderful haze that sticks around in the air during the warm, summer months. In reality, there is just as much pollution inside of our homes as there is outside, if not more. You might be surprised to know just how much pollution there is floating around inside of your home.
Mold, dust, mildew, odors and pet dander can all cause scratchy throats, headaches and itchy eyes. When you look at all of the different irritants, you will find lead, fire retardants, radon, formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals from things that you use every day. Of course, you can’t forget about one of the main culprits when it comes to allergies: dust mites.
According to studies, 4.6 million cases of asthma are attributed to mold. Children, elderly and those with asthma are particularly sensitive to all of these pollutants inside of the home.
Clean Your HVAC Ducts Regularly
HVAC systems tend to drop a lot of dust in your ducts. Your ducts need to be professionally cleaned at least once in a five year timeframe. Clean ducts can help to reduce the amount of dust, animal danger and other contaminants that are floating around in the air. Beyond eliminating pollutants, it will also help your unit to operate more efficiently.
Make Sure You Have the Right Filter in Place
To help remove any large particles, you want to use a filter that is pleated. These filters do an amazing job at removing a bunch of larger particles. Make sure to change them every month. If you need to remove both large and small particles, use an electrostatic filter. These filters work fine for the majority of homes. Change them every three months.
Handling Tough Allergens
When an ordinary filter just isn’t getting the job done, you might need to enlist the help of a cleaning device for the air. Portable cleaning systems are great in homes that don’t have an HVAC system. These systems can help to destroy bacteria and viruses in the home.
Open the Windows and Let the Air Come In
When the days aren’t too hot, you can open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Thanks to the fresh air circulating through the home, any stale smells will be eliminated. The fresh air will help to reduce the overall humidity and reduce mildew and mold growth.
If you are taking a shower or doing your laundry in a smaller space, turn on the fan to eliminate any moisture and keep the space dry. When in the kitchen, turn on the exhaust fans to help eliminate odors and humidity from your space.