As the temperatures cool and homes are sealed up to keep the heat in during the fall and winter seasons, it is important to attend to the indoor air quality of your home.
Here are 5 simple ways to improve indoor air quality.
Track your indoor air quality
There are devices that track your indoor air quality, such as the Wynd Air Quality Tracker. This small device circulates air, provides an indoor air quality score and alerts you when the air is unhealthy. Knowing the quality of your home’s air is half the battle, as you have a place to start from and can work towards improving the indoor air quality.
In addition to tracking the indoor air quality, the Wynd Air Quality Tracker also filters and cleans air in the immediate area around the device. Dirty air is pulled in by vents and cleaned through a medical grade air filter before being returned to the space around the device and its user.
Change your furnace filter
Furnace filters should be changed every ninety days, especially when the heating and cooling system is being heavily used. The furnace filter helps prevent dust and particles from getting into the furnace and then blown into your home.
Upgrading your furnace filter to a pleated or electrostatically charged filter will improve the filtration, in addition to regular filter replacement.
Clean carpet, fabrics and bedding
Many indoor air pollutants are tracked in on shoes and clothing. Vacuuming regularly will remove these particles from the carpet and furniture. If you have pets, it is important to vacuum frequently, to remove fur and dander.
In addition to washing sheets and pillowcases, it is important to wash blankets and comforters to remove dust and particles that settle into their fabric. Wash sheets, blankets and pillowcases in hot water to kill and disinfect dust mites and other common allergens.
Add a home air purifier
Air purifiers help remove pollutants from your home’s air. To make a good selection, check air purifiers for their range and speed. The higher the number, the better the option. However, just like home furnace filters, air purifier filters need to be changed often.
Make sure the air purifier indicates it removes pollutants such as dust, pollen and dander, which can cause allergies and asthma. Check the price and availability of replacement filters to ensure they are cost effective.
Use exhaust fans
Running exhaust fans while showering or bathing will remove the damp air from the bathroom, reducing the potential of mold and mildew growth. Using the stovetop’s exhaust fan will remove smells and particles produced while cooking and help eliminate odors.
For more about heating and cooling systems, or to schedule your annual maintenance, contact us at Pilchuck Heating.