Does someone in your household suffer from asthma or allergies? Is there a young child or elderly parent living with you? The dangers of polluted indoor air can be severe for people who are particularly sensitive to its effects, so it’s important for you to maintain good air quality at home as much as possible.
Furthermore, the EPA estimates that our indoor air may be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air—which means you can’t afford to neglect the air that’s pumping through your house all day and night.
Thankfully, maintaining clean, fresh air indoors isn’t as hard as it sounds. To help you out, the team at Peerless HVAC, Inc. has put together some helpful strategies you can easily do yourself at home. Since we specialize in heating and cooling services, a few of these focus specifically on how to keep your HVAC equipment clean. After all, your furnace, central air, heat pump, and other HVAC systems are what your indoor air is constantly flowing in and out of—so it makes sense that the condition of these systems could make or break your indoor air quality.
Without further ado, here are our simple, DIY recommendations for how to keep your indoor air clean.
- Replace your system’s air filters every 3 months. (Bonus: Use certified HEPA filters.)
- Regularly dust and clean your return registers, exhaust vents, and any other spaces where air passes through.
- Vacuum your floors and upholstery at least once a week to prevent the collection of dust (which contains microscopic chemicals, pet dander, mites, and other pollutants).
- Reduce indoor humidity by using exhaust fans and/or opening windows whenever you’re cooking, showering, or running the dishwasher.
- Make sure your dryer vent is properly connected to the outside so hot air can escape safely.
- Avoid synthetic fragrances. Most store-bought cleaning solutions, air fresheners, candles, detergents, hair sprays, and similar products contain toxic, hazardous VOCs (particularly phthalates). Switch to fragrance-free or naturally scented products, instead.
- Never smoke indoors. Period.
Of course, if you need any help beyond these DIY tips, don’t hesitate to reach out! Peerless HVAC, Inc. is here with our unbeatable customer service, and we’re ready to make your home safe and comfortable. Call now!