The signs of poor air quality in your home can range in severity, from frequent sniffling to excessive coughing, sneezing, or asthma attacks from the people in your home. Whether or not these signs are already starting to show, there are a few steps you can take now to better the quality of the air in your home.
1. Clean Dirty HVAC Units
Dust and dirt lined up on your air conditioners or heating vents can cause serious problems. As the air blows to make the house more comfortable, this filth is actually being spread around your home. One simple way to improve your home’s indoor air quality is to clean these spaces on a regular basis or have them cleaned by a professional.
2. Upgrade Appliances
If your home has been using the same heating and cooling units for several years (or even decades), the time has likely come to upgrade. Newer models are often more energy-efficient, and the companies creating the products may very well be more concerned with better air quality.
3. Concentrate on the Kitchen
You may not realize that cooking actually can release substances into the air that have the ability to irritate or harm your loved ones. If you don’t currently have an exhaust fan or hood in the kitchen over the stove, get one installed. If you aren’t able to install an exhaust hood, try using a splatter guard when you cook and use a window fan that can pull the kitchen air outside.
4. Open the Windows
Opening the windows in your home can help bring fresh air inside and improve the air quality. Of course, you don’t want to leave the windows open all of the time due to allergies or security concerns, but getting some fresh air circulating when possible can make a noticeable difference.
5. Buy an Air Purifier
Purchasing a high-quality air purifier is a smart way to take care of you and your loved ones, especially if someone in your household suffers from common allergens. Air purifiers can help remove allergens such as dust, pollen, or pet dander—which can have everyone breathing easier.
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, these few changes can help. Contact your local HVAC professional today to ask questions or get started!