In the winter months, we find ourselves spending more and more time inside rather than out. When you are inside your home so much, you may start to notice that the indoor air quality can begin to be poor. There are many steps you can take to help improve the indoor air quality of your home and avoid getting sicknesses that are associated with the quality of air you breath. JMS Air Conditioning & Heating is here to share some tips that can hopefully help you improve the air quality inside your home.
Health Benefits of Opening Windows
This is the first and most obvious choice in improving your indoor air quality. You may be thinking that the air outside is much worse than the inside your home. This is where you are most likely wrong. The outdoor air even in large cities is likely a vast improvement from the air that you are breathing inside your home. You will see large benefits from opening your windows every day for 5-10 minutes to help get rid of allergens and other pollutants found in your home.
Indoor Smoking Ban
If there are smokers in your home, don’t allow them to smoke indoors. Each cigarette that is lit inside your home is emitting over 4,000 different chemicals into the air. To avoid the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, ask smokers to take it outside rather than smoke inside your home.
Clean Up to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
Cleaning can help to eliminate harmful allergens inside your home. You should be vacuuming regularly to avoid these allergens from settling into the fibers of your carpet. Also, using a doormat can help eliminate these allergens from even making it past your front door. Keeping your home dust free is a large step towards a healthy indoor air quality.
Measure Humidity Levels in Your Home
Ideally, you want the humidity levels in your home to be between 30%-50% to maintain healthy indoor air quality. Allowing your indoor air quality to exceed 50% will put your home at risk of mold and mildew problems which can cause a long list of health problems on their own. The humidity in your home will play a large role in the quality of the air you breathe.
Avoid Synthetic Fragrances
While synthetic fragrances may mask bad smells and even help your home smell fresh, they are emitting harmful pollutants that decrease the quality of the air in your home. They are full of VOCs and you are much better off using natural fragrances like sliced lemons to help your home smell fresh and clean.
Air Duct Cleaning, Air Quality Products & More in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Agoura Hills & Greater Los Angeles, California
If the indoor air quality in your home is poor, consider replacing the filter on your HVAC unit. These filters should be replaced monthly to keep your system running and your air quality good. Another way to improve your indoor air quality is air duct cleaning by the professionals at JMS Air Conditioning & Heating. We will get rid of any dirt and debris that is getting forced into the air you are breathing in your home. We also offer a range of air quality products to help your family breath easier. Call us today!