The air quality in your home can make a big difference in how you feel and how healthy you are. Unwanted guests such as dust mites, lead, harsh toxins found in cleaners, and mold can cause your allergies and/or asthma to flare up unexpectedly. Here a few ways you can improve the quality of air in your home:
Bring the Outside In
One reason why the quality of air in your home is so bad is that your house is built so well. A long time ago when homes weren't built as air-tight as they are today, there were fewer allergens in the home. Air was able to circulate better and the allergens could escape.
Today homes are built to be air-tight to save on electricity, but by doing so you're trapping those allergens in. You can prevent this by opening your windows and doors to let the air flow through so the toxins can be released. You can also bring a couple of plants into your home, which will act like an air purifier.
Dehumidify Your Home
Too much humidity causes mold and mildew, which causes a musty odor and an influx of dust mites and other nasty pests. Too much humidity combined with high heat can cause heat stroke, heart problems, and asthma attacks.
To prevent high humidity in your home, you can purchase a dehumidifier. You can buy one from the store, but this will only cover the room it's placed in. To dehumidify your whole house, you can have a humidifier installed directly to your heating and cooling system.
Clean Your Floors
A lot of toxins that make their way into your home come in on your shoes. Keep floor mats at every door that leads outside, and clean your floors regularly. If you can, purchasing a vacuum with a good, clean filter on it means that the dirt and dust won't get blown out of the exhaust.
After you sweep your hard floors, be sure to follow it up with mopping. You don't even have to use cleaner. Simply wiping it down with water will pick up the dirt and dust left after mopping.
Have Your Ducts Cleaned Regularly
One of the best ways to keep the air quality in your home where it should be is to keep your ducts clean. The build-up of dirt and debris in your ducts get to the point where they become a second home for dust mites and other allergens. The presence of these in your duct system means that they are flowing through your air supply, so be sure to have them cleaned every 2-3 years to prevent this.
Keeping the air quality in your home safe for your family doesn't have to be a hassle. Just remember to open your windows every once in a while, dehumidify your home, clean your floors, and have your ducts cleaned regularly.
Contact a company like Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces for more information and assistance.