Think you’re safe from pollutants inside your home? Think again. While you may think you’re leaving behind dust, allergens, and other airborne pollutants when entering your home, the truth is the air in your home could be five times less healthy than the air outside. In Pensacola, homes often experience issues with high humidity that leads to mold growth. However, there are ways you can improve indoor air quality in your home by decreasing dust, mold, pet dander, allergens, and other airborne particulates.
1. Clean the House Regularly
Regular cleaning does a great number on improving indoor air quality quickly. At least once a week you should vacuum and sweep the floors in your home (more often if you have pets that shed). You should also dust regularly to prevent buildup that can lead to unhealthy air quality. Dust and wipe down door frames, window sills, countertops, mirrors, and any other flat surfaces where dirt could be lurking. Regularly wash bedding as well, as it can hold dust mites, pet hair/ dander, and other allergens. Lastly, keep clutter to a minimum to avoid mold, dust, and bacteria from getting trapped in your home.
2. Change or Clean HVAC Filters
The air filter in your comfort system blocks unhealthy airborne particulates from circulating through your system and entering your home. Because they serve as a barrier to stop particles from passing through, they often become dirty and sometimes even clogged. Changing your filters regularly ensures clean air is always passing through your system and helps increase efficiency. You’ll want to change your filters every 1-3 months; more often if there are smokers, allergy sufferers, or pets in the household.
3. Inspect and Clean Ductwork
If you’re experiencing increased amounts of dust in your home, it may be due to a loose end or crack in your air ducts. If air is entering your ducts past the filter, dust and allergens are free to circulate through the system and enter your home. If you think your ducts might be the culprit of a dusty indoor environment in your home, call a professional to do a thorough inspection and clean your ducts.
4. Let In Some Fresh Air
Since the air outside might even still be cleaner than the air inside your home, open some doors and windows and let it in! Mild days are the perfect time to turn off your comfort system for a while and get some fresh air. Circulate the air by turning on ceiling fans, and get an air purification system to clean the new air in your home when the heating or air conditioning comes back on.
5. Use An Air Purification System
If you haven’t invested in an air purification system, now’s the time. Shannon’s Heating & Cooling offers a full line of indoor air quality products to make sure the air that you breathe in your home is fresh, clean, and comfortable every day of the year. Our systems provide many benefits such as reducing bacteria, mold, and even viruses inside your home. They can reduce microbials in the air and on surfaces, leaving your home cleaner than ever.
More About Us
If you’re interested in learning more about, or installing an air purification system in your home, contact us at 850-698-3101. Shannon’s Heating & Cooling is a trusted American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Dealer in Pensacola, FL. Our professional staff can answer any questions you might have. We will also make recommendations as to which system will work best for your individual situation.