Considering the time we spend in our Belmont, NC homes, indoor air quality plays a major role in everyday life. You probably don’t think much about it until you start feeling under the weather with headaches, coughing, dizziness, sore throat, and fatigue. Poor indoor quality can make the best of us feel sick. Here are some DIY tips to maintain your home’s air and help you feel happier and healthier.
1. If You Have Pets, Vacuum and Change Filters Regularly
Pets shed a lot of hair, and this hair carries everything it comes in contact with outside, like pollen and dirt. Some of that hair and pet dander sticks in the carpet, and some goes airborne–which can clog the AC’s filter. Use an HEPA filter and change it monthly to remove fine particles and allergens. Vacuum your floors and all other surfaces weekly.
2. Keep Humidity in Check
Purchase an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor your home’s humidity. Target a range of 30 to 50 percent. Higher humidity will lead to increased dust and mold, unpleasant odors, and overall discomfort. If your humidity is high, identify the cause and address it immediately. A dehumidifier is a useful addition to your home comfort system and can be controlled by some thermostats.
3. Circulate and Ventilate
- Install ceiling fans if you don’t already have some. They are wonderful for circulating air and help increase energy efficiency when used with your AC.
- Place trickle ventilation screens in windows – the screens’ filters will keep out pollen and other outdoor contaminants.
- Always use your gas range with the exhaust fan on. When propane makes contact with sunlight it produces ozone, a major irritant that causes wheezing.
- Always ventilate when painting or using cleaners. These products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known to cause headaches, respiratory issues, and other health problems.
These simple tips will go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. If you need more help, such as determining if your AC is the right fit for your home, call Ross and Witmer today at (704) 392-6188.