With the weather growing warmer as summer grows closer, there’s a pretty good chance that you – like most people – will begin relying on your air conditioning more in order to keep your home comfortable. However, because you will be using your air conditioning system more, it’s important that you are keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition. If you aren’t keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition, it could affect your home’s indoor air quality.
How can your air conditioning affect your home’s air quality?
Most air conditioning systems recirculate cool air throughout the building in order to save energy. Because the same air is circulating through your home over and over, it can cause your indoor air to become stale, not to mention that it can result in debris and bacteria being spread throughout the home. Your air filters are supposed to help prevent debris and bacteria from circulating throughout your air. However, if you don’t change your air filters on a regular basis, they will become clogged, which will result in the airflow becoming restricted. When this happens, not only will it be more difficult to cool your home, but it will be easier for allergens to build up in your air since nothing is trapping them.
How can you prevent your air quality from diminishing?
First of all, check your manufacturer’s instructions regarding the replacement or cleaning of your air filters. Make sure that you open the windows once in a while so that fresh air can circulate into your home and stale air can circulate out. Have a professional technician come inspect your HVAC system at least once a year in order to ensure that it is working properly and efficiently. If your air conditioning system is over a decade old, then you should replace it. If you have a window AC unit, then make sure it’s properly sealed so that outside air doesn’t leak in and your cool air doesn’t escape.
Make sure that your air quality doesn’t decline as you use your air conditioning and don’t forget to keep your HVAC system in good shape. Feel free to contact us at Daffy Ducts if you need to get your ducts clean this summer.
Allergens from outside, such as dander, dust, pollen and more, get tracked indoors relatively easy. They then get trapped into your air and cycle through your air conditioning system during the summer months, building up and decreasing your home’s air quality. This can be a real issue for anyone that suffers from asthma, respiratory illnesses or allergies. Fortunately, reducing allergens in your home isn’t an impossible task. The following are a few tips for reducing allergens in your home this summer:
Keep your pets outdoors – Pets have a lot of dander that can get into your air. If you keep them outside instead of letting them roam freely indoors, your air will be exposed to less pet dander.
Keep your pets groomed – The better you care for your pet’s grooming, the less hair and dander will be released throughout your home. Just don’t bathe your pet too often – this can cause skin damage and could lead to an even worse dander problem!
Clean the carpet – One of the drawbacks of carpeting is that it traps and collects allergens very easily, from dust to dander. In addition to making sure that you vacuum your carpet regularly, have it professionally cleaned during the summer.
Remove the carpet – Instead of having to clean the carpet constantly, consider removing it. Smooth flooring options, such as hardwood or tile, not only don’t trap allergens, but are much easier to clean as well.
Clean the drapes – Don’t forget about your window drapes. These also tend to collect dust, so make sure to have them professionally cleaned at least once during the summer.
Change your air filters – Your air filters help to trap dust, dander and debris, thereby helping to keep your air quality as clean as possible. However, all of the allergens that air filters trap will build up over time. If you don’t replace the air filters, not only will your air conditioning unit begin working incredibly inefficiently, but your air quality will decrease noticeably.
Keep your air quality high by using these tips for reducing allergens in your home this summer.
When it comes to a healthy home, the air quality in your home is very important. Not only does good air quality help improve the quality of life, it also reduces some of the issues that individuals with asthma or respiratory issues might have. This is why reducing allergens in your home is of utmost importance.
Air pollution is something that most of us are aware of, but it affects the world in a worse way than you might realize. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), air pollution was linked to the deaths of 7 million people in 2012 alone. This means that one out of 8 deaths that year were linked to air pollution. Even more shocking, of these 7 million deaths, 4.3 million can be linked to indoor air pollutants!
While most of the world’s air pollution is out of our hands on a personal level, there are still plenty of things that you can do to help improve the air quality. For example, many household products are full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are carbon-based chemicals. Household products that have VOCs include laundry detergents, air fresheners, cleaners, paint, disinfectants and more. These VOCs often include acetone, formaldehyde, benzene, methylene chloride and much more, all of which can cause both short-term and long-term health problems, from eye and nose irritation and headaches to liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.
The following are a few ways that you can begin improving your indoor air quality by reducing allergens in your home:
Look for products that advertise low VOCs to help ensure healthier air quality in your home.
Open your windows for 5 to 10 minutes a day to allow stagnant air out and fresh air in. This will also allow VOCs to evaporate more easily.
Take your shoes off before entering the house to reduce the risk of tracking in germs and pesticides.
Maintain a comfortable room temperature to ensure a steady flow of air.
Use indoor plants to help clean up your air.
Focus on reducing allergens to help improve your home’s air quality, and don’t forget to have your ducts cleaned out!
The winter is finally here, which means that odds are pretty good you’ll be keeping your windows and doors shut in order to keep the cold air out and your home’s warm air trapped inside. However, doing so is also going to lead to more particle pollution within your home. You’ll want to keep a closer eye on your indoor air quality because of this if you are concerned with reducing allergens in your home.
Particle pollution is a term designated to the microscopic particles in the air that can occur throughout the year. These particles can cause health problems when breathed in, especially for those who have respiratory issues or have asthma. While low levels or particle pollution can be expected, it’s higher levels that you’ll want to prevent. Unfortunately, when you keep your home closed off during the winter season, there is more of a risk for high levels of particle pollution inside of your home. This is because you are not allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the house. This leads to stale air circulating over and over throughout your home, picking up dust, debris and other particles that are tracked inside and spreading them throughout your indoor air.
A key factor to reducing allergens in your home, especially during the winter time, is to check your air filters on a monthly basis and to clean or replace them when needed. Your air filters help trap dust and other particles to keep your air clean. However, they won’t work as efficiently – and neither will your heating system – if you don’t replace or clean them regularly. You should also have your ducts professionally cleaned in order to reduce the amount of particle pollution in your home. You can tell if you need to clean your ducts by checking your registers. If they are dusty, then it means that dust particles are being spread throughout your home.
Be sure to keep your ducts clean, clean or change your air filters and allow fresh air to come in once in a while to help lower indoor particle pollution.
Most people will keep their windows and doors shut in the winter months, which often makes it more difficult to keep your indoor air clean. Poor air quality often results in discomfort for individuals that suffer from respiratory problems or allergies, which is no fun – especially during the holidays. The following are a few tips for reducing allergens in your home during the upcoming holiday season.
Open the windows once in a while – When it’s not snowing or below freezing, open your windows a crack just for a little bit. This will allow the stale air within your home to escape as well as help get the air circulating. Sure it might invite the cold in for a few minutes, but simply wear a sweater!
Use natural cleaners – Instead of using store bought cleaning products that often release potentially harmful chemicals into the air (and causing chemical-like scents to drift throughout your home) use natural products such as white vinegar, club soda, salt and hydrogen peroxide to do your cleaning in a more environmentally friendly fashion.
Use a door mat – By placing a door mat at your doors, you’ll invite guests to wipe their feet. This reduces the amount of pollutants that they will track in throughout your home.
Use natural scents – If you want to add an inviting scent to your home for guests, bake some cookies instead of using air fresheners or scented candles. Another option is to cook some natural and organic foods in a slow cooker or a crock pot to fill your home with a pleasant aroma.
Add plants – Plants not only add a beautiful element to your interior décor, they also help to combat indoor air pollution in a natural way. Many plants help to get rid of the toxins in your air.
These are a few tips for reducing allergens in your home that you should put to use this holiday season. In addition to reducing the allergens in your home’s air, be sure to get out of the house to breathe in clean air as well.
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