With many Texans currently working from home, and even when office presence opens again, many of us spend a significant amount of our time in the comfort of our own homes. At home we might not often think about the air we’re breathing – we might just assume it’s healthy and clean.
However, since it’s common to keep doors and windows closed to keep in the air conditioning during our hot summers, the air circulating in your home can become its own type of hazard to your health. Below are a few tips for keeping the air inside your home clean!
Keeping windows and doors closed traps air and pollutants inside your home. However, opening them during the summer months can heat up your home incredibly quickly. If you want something in between leaving your windows completely open or continually having them completely closed, you can try trickle vents.
Trickle vents are vents that create a very small opening where natural ventilation can occur. They are usually placed over a door or window, and can be opened or closed to allow airflow.
We use more chemicals in cleaning our homes than we might think about. From window cleaner to furniture polish, every chemical compound used can affect your indoor air.
Whenever you have the option, try using eco-friendly or health-conscious cleaning supplies. These will help give you safer air to breathe, and help the environment out, too!
Pay attention to the living things in your home when thinking about your air quality. If you have pets, make sure they’re groomed and kept clean to avoid pet dander. It’s true no one can avoid having some pet hairs hiding somewhere, but if you brush your pet you can lessen the amount.
While houseplants aren’t the difference between unhealthy or totally clean air, they can be helpful! Snake plants and spider plants in particular are two popular, low maintenance houseplants that can release fresh oxygen into your home at night.
If you want to keep all of the air circulating through your home clean straight from the source, a whole home air purifier is an option you should consider. Whole home air purification systems can be incorporated into your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to clean air before it’s distributed through your home.
Keeping your indoor air clean means keeping your HVAC system in good condition. Whether it’s your heater or your air conditioner, your HVAC system distributes conditioned air all throughout your home. If that system isn’t working properly, it can result in contaminants getting into your air.
To make sure your HVAC system is delivering clean air to your home, be sure to change your air filters as recommended, usually about once a month.
Additionally, make sure to schedule yearly maintenance for your HVAC system. Even if it seems to be working properly, trained technicians can catch small issues before they become big problems. In addition, some units require annual maintenance to honor warranties.
Tried everything and still experiencing air quality issues in your home? Contact AirOne Heating and Air Conditioning, a San Marcos AC Maintenance and repair company, to talk to a technician who can help.