When you think of pollution, what comes to mind? Factories belching black smoke into the air? Cars with thick exhaust? Most people don’t think about indoor air pollution, yet the air in your home may be worse than what’s outside. Indoor air pollutants can be anything from outdoor contaminants brought inside by your pets to carbon monoxide leaks, asbestos and lead from an older home’s construction, and mold and mildew in your bathrooms, kitchen, or basement. Don’t worry! You can improve your indoor air quality by following a few simple tips.
Keep up with your HVAC filter.
Your air-conditioner works hard to keep the air inside your home the perfect temperature. While it’s doing that, it’s pulling air through a filter to take out some common pollutants. If the filter isn’t regularly changed, it can clog and stop doing its job. This can cause poor indoor air quality, but it can also lead to trouble with your HVAC system. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and change your filter as often as instructed: typically, every 1-3 months.
Mind the other filters, too.
Your vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, and kitchen vents all need to be properly maintained and cleaned to protect your indoor air quality.
Avoid debris from dirty ducts.
If your air ducts are not properly installed, cleaned, and maintained, they can contaminate every room of your home. Dust, dander, dirt, and even mold can build up in the ducts and circulate throughout your home. Have a professional check your ducts to make sure they’re circulating clean, fresh air.
Use your stove fan.
Your kitchen can be a source of pollution, so turn on the cooking vents or open a nearby window when you’re cooking to help keep the air clean.
Keep the house clean, using natural products.
Avoid products with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in favor of eco-friendly options. Wash bedding frequently, and pay special attention to rugs and carpets, cleaning them weekly to remove dust and particles trapped in the fibers. Clean rugs actually improve air quality by filtering out these contaminants.
Maintain the right humidity.
Talk to your HVAC company about whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers, which can keep the moisture levels in your home balanced. The right humidity level makes your home more comfortable and keeps the air cleaner.
Get some indoor plants.
This can improve your indoor air quality because plants act as natural air filters.
If you want to improve your indoor air quality, Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling will provide you with effective, affordable solutions to protect your family’s health. Since 1980, Hoover has been serving customers in Southeast Michigan, offering courteous, professional service. Because we offer all the services you need for residential maintenance under one roof, we’re able to offer extremely competitive pricing while maintaining great customer service and guaranteed satisfaction. When you’re looking for top-quality electrical, plumbing, heating, or cooling services in Clinton Township, contact Hoover through our website or call 586-232-9204 today.