You think the air inside your home is clean and safe, but in fact indoor air is typically more polluted than outdoor air! If you’re an Austin homeowner who wonders about the importance of good air quality inside your home, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from allergies, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues. The good news is there are things you can do to improve indoor air quality! The bottom line is that in order to enjoy healthier air, fresh air must circulate in your home. How can you accomplish this?
First of all, open up the windows when weather permits. By opening up your home, the stale indoor air can escape while fresh air from the outdoors makes its way in.
Clean your home on a regular basis. Regular vacuuming and dusting can go a long way toward getting rid of pet dander, pet hairs, pollen, household dust, and even mold or other indoor pollutants.
Make sure you change the filter in your HVAC system as recommended! You already know this, but many homeowners fail to change out the air filters as often as they should. These filters capture dust, dander, pollen and other airborne allergens. Additionally, if you spot mold on air vents be sure to clean it away using a mix of water and hydrogen peroxide.
Consider air purifiers. You can find air purifiers available to clean the air in a single room, which helps reduce dust, smoke, cooking odors and even potentially harmful particles or allergens. It’s especially important to consider air purifiers for sleeping areas.
Be sure to have your Central Texas home checked for mold. Considering high humidity and moisture levels during certain times of the year, some homes have ventilation issues that may result in the growth of mold and mildew, which are health hazards.
Today, many HVAC systems are equipped with outdoor air intakes that help ventilate your home through mechanical means. However, it’s important to utilize natural ventilation when possible, such as allowing outdoor air to circulate by opening windows and doors. Homes today are designed for the best possible energy efficiency, which means they’re tighter and more “air proof” than ever before. Good for the wallet, but not so good for indoor air quality!
At Schneider Mechanical our top priority is your comfort and health. To learn more about how to improve indoor air quality without sacrificing comfort or increasing energy bills, we invite Austin homeowners to give us a call!