When winter fades and spring flowers begin to bloom, your home will be filled with spring air. As the weather becomes warmer and you turn off your heating units, it’s important that the air quality in your home is as clean as possible. Improve indoor air quality to ensure the levels of contaminates and allergens you breathe are at minimal and non-hazardous levels.
The Common Culprits
The most common factors that effect indoor air quality are dust, smoke, dander, allergens, viruses and bacteria. Some of the more serious dangers to indoor air quality are mold, carbon monoxide and asbestos. Homes have become more energy efficient and air leakage has reduced to a minimum – causing indoor air pollutants to become more concentrated. Other indoor air quality contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like paints, household cleaners and other chemicals used on a daily basis should be properly used and stored to ensure safe air quality in the home.
The Importance of Air Filters
“Indoor air quality is very important,” said Doyle James, president of Aire Serv. “Homeowners should take the necessary steps so all of the natural and manmade pollutants are reduced to a minimum. Air filters, a normal component of most air conditioning systems, come in all types, shapes and sizes. Each has a different purpose and can help in its own unique way. Determine if the cause of your indoor air challenges are particulates, microbial or gases (VOCs) and talk to an air quality expert on what best suits your needs.” Rugs and carpets act as filters and trap dander and hair, especially dog and cat hair increased by animals losing their winter coats. Be sure to vacuum rugs and carpets to reduce the amount of trapped dander, especially if you have pets. HEPA style vacuum cleaners can also help reduce the amount of dust that is stirred up during the cleaning process.
Help Prevent Mold
Mold can also have a huge impact on air quality and is caused by excess humidity, and improper ventilation. The best remedy for mold is to reduce any unusual sources of moisture, and make sure your air conditioning system is cleaned and operating a peak efficiency. In addition to these easy tips, the best way to ensure a healthy environment in your home is a properly operating air conditioning system outfitted with the proper air filtration and purification system.