Dust, pollen, mites, and mold — what do all of these things have in common? They are all circulating around your home impacting the health and wellness of your family members. Many everyday activities, from cooking to cleaning, can add to indoor air pollution levels, causing respiratory distress for your family. The good news is that controlling these indoor pollutants in your home is possible, with the right tools. Here are some tips to get you started.
Get Fresh Air In
Lowering indoor pollutant levels starts with getting fresh air into your home. Ventilation and even opening a window are the two key ways to do this. Regularly venting your home will push those pollutants out and put fresh, clean air in their place. Be certain to run exhaust fans when using areas with high moisture levels, like the kitchen and bath, to vent the humid air and other fumes outdoors.
Remove Known Allergens
Next, make sure you are taking steps to remove known allergens. Dust mites, for instance, are a serious allergy risk for a number of people. Washing bedding, dusting regularly, vacuuming carpeting and using an air purifier can help remove these. If you have mold in your home, have it professionally removed to ensure mold spores are not entering the indoor air. Consider having your ducts professionally cleaned as well.
To further help, avoid burning scented candles with add pollutants to the indoor air, and unscented candles or electric luminaries instead. Finally, make sure you have replaced dirty air filters in your HVAC system, as these can be putting more pollutants into your indoor air. You need to change these at least every three months to protect your family.
Do you have other concerns about indoor air pollution and how to best protect your family in your Long Island home? Contact Cool Power today for expert tips from a qualified team of HVAC professionals.
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