The air inside your home can carry more airborne pollutants and contaminants than the air outdoors, even if you live in an urban area. Older heating systems in particular can encourage the circulation of dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and other allergens, resulting in symptoms that can make allergen-sensitive people miserable. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to boost the quality of your indoor air. In addition to talking to a heating and cooling technician about upgrading your system, consider incorporating the following tips.
Reduce allergens on soft surfaces.
Carpeting can be problematic for people with allergies to dust and pet dander. It readily harbors these allergens, and can release them back into the air. Consider replacing your carpets with hardwood flooring. If that isn’t an option, then invest in a good vacuum with a HEPA filter, and use it once or twice per week. You should also regularly launder drapes and bedding.
Change your filters.
The technician will change or clean your filters every time you schedule your annual service visit for your heating and cooling system. However, you’ll need to replace or clean your filters in between appointments. Otherwise, airborne pollutants will be forced back out into your home instead of being trapped on the filter.
Choose fragrance-free products.
Fans of plug-in air fresheners and room sprays may want to rethink their habits. Products that contain fragrances, including air fresheners, laundry detergents, and other cleaners, may also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It should be noted that fragrance products are typically only tested for skin irritation, not for inhalation safety. If a family member is sensitive to poor indoor air quality, look for natural, fragrance-free products, and avoid using aerosol sprays.
If your indoor air quality is inadequate, it’s time to talk to the team at B & J Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration. We can customize a heating and cooling system that keeps your family comfortable while supporting your indoor air quality. Families in the Tucson area can contact us at (520) 355-4857.