Dust isn’t just a single substance. It’s made up of everything from outdoor dirt and pollen to carpet and clothing fibers, shed skin cells and insect debris. It has a lot of potential to trigger allergies, not to mention the trouble it can cause if it gets inside your electronics or HVAC system. Taking a few steps to improve indoor air quality can protect your health and the health of your home.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
- Clean your house every week. Dust is natural, and it will build up even if you’re not a messy household. Regular cleaning can prevent it from building up to a disruptive extent. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to make sure you’re not stirring dust up.
- Keep your home organized. A messy environment makes it harder to see dust and to get to it while you’re cleaning.
- Change your HVAC system’s air filter once a month. The air filter exists to keep dust from getting into the HVAC unit, which means it intercepts the air circulating through your home. As it clogs, less air passes through your home. This results in less filtration, as well as less heating and cooling.
- Wash your bedding in hot water regularly. The bed collects skin cells and hairs, and can distribute them into your home environment when it’s agitated. A hot wash once a week can help to keep bedroom dust down.
- Consider installing a whole-house air cleaner. A variety of air cleaners are available. Electrostatic air cleaners capture dust without impeding airflow, making them a good choice even with HVAC fans that aren’t very powerful. HEPA filtration is used in hospitals and can help protect your household from viruses. Ultraviolet (UV) lights kill off mold and fungal spores in your air.
For more tips on how you can improve indoor air quality, check out Senica Air Conditioning, Inc., Inc.’s air quality solutions or call 866-881-5935.
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