Let’s think about it, where do you spend most of your free time? The answer is more than likely inside your home. The very last thing you want is to be uncomfortable in your home because of poor indoor air quality.
Bad indoor air quality can have adverse effects on your health. The immediate effects can be eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and fatigue, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The stale air in your house can also cause dust mites, pet dander and mold spores to circulate.
Fortunately, there are five easy tasks that you can do to improve indoor air quality and avoid any pesky allergic reactions to the pollutants in your home.
Complete Those Household Chores!
We know, chores are the worst. But a clean house is a happy house… and also a house that can help clear up your eyes from irritants and alleviate your headache.
- Vacuum – When you vacuum carpets and rugs, this helps to eliminate any dust mites or pet dander that are hiding in the crevices. You should empty out your vacuum bag when it gets to be half to two-thirds full in order to keep your vacuum running at an optimal level so that it can continue to suck up all that pesky dust.
- Wash Sheets and Drapes – These items also like to collect dust and pet dander… even though you try to keep your dog off the bed, how you can resist those puppy eyes?! There are also dust-mite-proof covers for your pillows and mattresses that could help to ease the amount of dust that collects. When it comes to cleaning drapes it depends on the kind that you have. For weekly maintenance, you can just vacuum them. But if you want a good deep clean the best practice is to take them to a dry cleaner to be professionally done.
- Clear Clutter – We know it’s easy to have your stuff piled up in the corner. But that’s also an easy place for dust to settle and collect. Instead, get organized and declutter your home. We swear you’ll feel better once the clutter is cleared, plus you eliminate a hiding place for dust mites to do their thing.
Put Plants In Your Home
Not only does having plants inside make your home feel fresh and airy, but there is actually some that act as air filters. They can suck up any harmful chemicals and push out fresh oxygen. In fact, NASA did a famous study in 1989 on the role of plants and indoor air quality.
An article from Good Housekeeping found that these are the seven best plants to have in your home for air purification:
- Boston Fern
- Palm Trees
- Rubber Plants and Janet Craigs
- English Ivy
- Peace Lily
- Golden Pothos
- Florists’ Mum and Gerbera Daisies
Change Your Filters
This is a very important task that our HVAC experts at Charlotte Mechanical consistently remind homeowners to do.
Not only does changing your air filters help to extend the life of your HVAC unit, but the new air filters will help to trap dust and to keep it from circulating in your home.
Our nationally certified technicians can check your air filter and make sure everything is in good shape. It’s part of our air conditioning maintenance plan which is essential so that you’re not stuck in a hot home during the hot and humid Charlotte weather, which can stretch into late October.
Buy an Air Purifier or Dehumidifier
An air purifier will help to capture dust, pet dander, pollen and other allergens that can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. It will also circulate clean air throughout your home.
A dehumidifier is good for damp places in your home such as a basement or attic so that it can prevent mold in your home.
Let The Air In
Even during the hottest or coldest months, it’s always a good idea to open your windows and let the fresh air in. Having the windows open can also push out some of the dust and allergens that have made themselves comfortable in your home.
Another tip to improving your indoor air quality is to watch out for synthetic fragrances in your air fresheners, detergents and even candles (we know, we’re guilty of lighting up some fragrant candles, too). These can release harmful chemicals in the air. The natural option is to use essential oils, lemons or baking sodas to get your home to smell fresh and clean.
You can trust Charlotte Mechanical with all of your home cooling, heating and plumbing needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all of your HVAC needs. Our heating and cooling maintenance program is a really affordable and practical program to help keep your HVAC systems clean and operating efficiently, thus helping your indoor air quality.