Over time, breathing stale air can harm your health. Studies show poor indoor air quality can also put you in a bad mood. Contaminants, such as pollen and mold spores, can cause a number of problems from headaches and nausea to fatigue and even asthma. Here are four easy ways to improve your indoor air quality.
GOOD HOUSE CLEANING
Regular housekeeping can noticeably improve your indoor air quality. If your home has carpeted floors, be sure to vacuum them at least once a week with a HEPA filter vacuum. Dusting is just as important. Also, don’t overlook the importance of washing your bedding in hot water. Doing so will help kill allergy-inducing dust mites.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
When properly maintained, a modern HVAC system will reduce the number of airborne irritants circulating throughout your home. However, you must remember to change the filter every month. A clogged filter can’t effectively do its job.
LET IN FRESH AIR
Understandably, many people never open their windows during the winter. They don’t want the heat to escape, which may lead to a more expensive energy bill. The bad news is that toxins can gradually build up inside your home. You need to allow some fresh air from outside to come in. On warmer days, crack your windows or open a screened door for at least 20 minutes. It’s a good idea to ventilate when cooking.
DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME
A dehumidifier is a great investment. Too much moisture in the air can stimulate the growth of mold. The use of a dehumidifier will also help control other allergens.
Some candles noticeably worsen air quality. On the other hand, candles made of beeswax can purify the air. Negative ion air charging allows them to suck in toxins.
CALL IN THE PROS
At Hagerstown Heating and Cooling, we’re professionally trained to identify allergy or asthma triggers in your home and recommend effective solutions. We can also evaluate the humidity level and inspect your ductwork, among other measures to ensure the air you breathe is healthy. To schedule an appointment, call (240) 366-0329.