If you’ve been spending more time at home recently—and we know you have—you’ve likely gotten around to doing a few more home-related tasks than normal. Maybe you finally planted that garden you’ve been talking about or you actually repainted the room you said you’d paint a year ago. While you’ve got some extra time on your hands, and while you’re thinking about how to improve your stay-at-home lifestyle, why not take a look at a few ways to boost the indoor air quality in your home? Check a few of these things off your to-do list this week and be well on your way to improved air quality and a healthier home.
Change Your Air Filter
You’ve heard it said a hundred times. “Don’t forget to change the filter in your AC unit!” You’ve probably thought about it a few times since you’ve been working from home, too. But did you actually go buy a new filter (or order one online) and switch it out? If not, get to it! Changing your air filter is one of the best and simplest ways to boost your indoor air quality to minimize contaminants in your home.
Inspect Your Ductwork
Air ducts are just as important as your filter and HVAC unit, but they often get overlooked and forgotten about when it comes to indoor air quality. If your air ducts were installed improperly or haven’t been professionally cleaned in a while, it’s time to call an HVAC repair expert to get them checked out. Dust, dirt, pet dander, mold, and more can live in your ductwork, and these contaminants can be easily sent from one room to the next if they’re not taken care of.
Use the Vents Above Your Stove
You may have believed that your stove vents are only for the rare occasion that you burn something while cooking dinner. However, these handy vents are great to use on a regular basis to minimize the air pollutants in your home. Gas appliances can release harmful pollutants into your indoor air, and even electric appliances can introduce some contaminants into the air that you’d rather not be there.
Clean Your Carpets
Carpets are cesspools for dirt and dust, and these contaminants can easily be kicked up and introduced into the air quality of your home. You should aim to vacuum weekly, even if your carpets don’t seem to need it, and you should try to shampoo your carpets a few times a year as well. When you keep them clean, they’ll trap dust and dirt more effectively which takes it out of the air and improves the overall air quality.
Control the Humidity
It can be hard to minimize the humidity in your home, especially if you live in a particularly humid climate. But humid conditions will decrease air quality and increase the likelihood of respiratory illness. Utilize humidifiers, run fans, buy plants that absorb humidity, and so on.
Finally, if you need some assistance with improving your indoor air quality or if you have any questions regarding air filters, AC repair, or HVAC maintenance, get in touch with Comfort Experts.