When it comes to maintaining the comfort levels of your home in Charlotte, don’t underestimate the impact that your indoor air quality has on your household. Poor air quality can cause serious discomfort, especially if anyone living in your home suffers from asthma or severe allergies. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can improve the quality of your indoor air. The following are some of the most effective ways to improve your indoor air quality:
- Clean regularly – By regularly mopping your floors and vacuuming your carpets, you’ll reduce the amount of dust, allergens, pet hair, and more that tends to collect over time. The cleaner your home is, the cleaner your home’s air will be as a direct result. Make sure that when you vacuum that you also attack the dust and debris that collects in the upholstery of your furniture. We recommend dusting down all of your furniture and decor first before vacuuming so that you’re not just knocking dust down onto your clean floors. Don’t forget to clean the dust that tends to collect near your registers as well.
- Maintain proper humidity levels – The humidity of your home refers to how much moisture is in the air. The more humid it is, the more moisture there is. It can make your home feel warmer and stuffier than it is–and high levels of humidity can also increase the risk of mold growth, which will further diminish your air quality. However, you’ll want some humidity in your air. If it’s not humid enough, your air will become too dry. Generally speaking, you should keep your humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. You can do this by investing in a whole house humidifier or whole house dehumidifier.
- Don’t smoke in the house – If anyone smokes, make sure that they do it outside. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals that are polluting your indoor air.
- Change your air filters – The purpose of your air filters is to help trap dust and other contaminants so that they aren’t distributed throughout your home by way of your duct system. However, if you don’t check your filters to see if they need to be changed every one to two months, your filters will become clogged. Not only will this reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it those contaminants will be more likely to build up and affect your air quality.
- Open up your windows once in a while – Open up your windows once in a while to let fresh air in and to allow stale air to escape. Remember, the air your HVAC system is heating or cooling is constantly cycling throughout your home, which means it will get stale.
- Add a few houseplants – Adding houseplants to your home decor won’t just help spruce up your interior design (and add a naturally calming element that can make your home feel more relaxing), but they can help to improve your air quality as well. This is because plants naturally purify the air by absorbing certain toxins as it takes in carbon dioxide. Plants such as the spider plant, weeping fig, peace lily, and snake plant are all effective air purifiers.
Don’t ignore the importance of your indoor air quality. Use these tips to reduce the number of allergens in your air and to make your home more comfortable to live in. For more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality or about our HVAC services in general, be sure to contact us at Unique Air or give us a call at (704) 922-0711.