When people talk about air pollution, they often think of factories fuming chemicals, diesel car exhausts, and gasoline fumes. All of these are correct, but what about indoor air pollution? Indoor air quality isn’t something that most people take into consideration, but there are simple tricks and tips to keep air pollution out of your home.
The thing about air pollution in your home is that the contaminants are ordinary things that you wouldn’t really associate with “pollution.” Your household pets bring in dander and dirt from the outdoors which can aggravate any allergies or other respiratory health concerns you may have.
Mold and mildew, (indicative of a potential water leak), found in areas of your home with a high moisture level are another form of indoor air pollution. A more deadly indoor air contaminant is a carbon monoxide gas leak, which will prove fatal if left undetected for too long.
The age of your home is also something you should consider as older homes are often constructed using asbestos which can cause serious damage to your respiratory system.
While DIY is typically never recommended, there are a few things you can do at home to help you improve your indoor air quality. Some of these tips can be used for commercial properties, so don’t hesitate to use what works best for your home or office.
You may only remember your AC during the sweltering summer months, but if it’s working nonstop, your AC filter will need to be regularly changed. Ideally, you want to do this every 6 to 12 months as a build-up of dirt and debris in the filter will essentially render it inefficient. However, if you or someone in the home has allergies or you have pets, it’s recommended you change the filter every 30 to 45 days.
Not only is changing the air filter good for your health, it’s also a good way to avoid costly repairs on your household AC unit as a worn-down filter will cause damage to the system.
Other filters that you shouldn’t ignore include those found in household appliances like your vacuum cleaner or clothes dryer. Remember it’s vital to regularly clean out your dryer’s lint filter. Neglecting to do so can result in a fire.
Everyone knows that plants are a great source of oxygen and work as a natural air filter to remove excess carbon dioxide. Just remember to regularly dust and clean off your plant leaves or else dust will accumulate, and your indoor plants may end up becoming a breeding ground for mold.
Your household ducts are responsible for the flow of air into your home and they are not immune to outside dirt and debris, especially if the ductwork was incorrectly installed. Regular duct maintenance will ensure that you keep your air ducts clean.
This is a job for a professional, so if you’re having issues, reach out to the team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to get your ducts flowing smoothly again.
Everyone has experienced the smell of burnt food while cooking on the stove or in the oven. When it happens, it’s helpful to have a working range hood vent to help aerate the space. For optimal efficiency, keep these vents clean and replace them every 6 to 12 months, depending on how often you cook.
You may be doing all of the above, but it doesn’t help if you’re unable to test your indoor air quality; that’s where the team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric steps in.
Our experienced technicians are able to conduct the necessary tests to measure your indoor air quality, find the root cause of any issues, and help you find the best solution to keeping your household air safe for everyone at home. Get in touch with one of our professionals today at 561-391-1048!