Want to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality? Clean These Spots, First.

A home is a safe haven from the heat and cold, but for people with allergies, even the indoors can cause nothing but irritation and discomfort. Although you're bound to encounter far less pollen and seasonal triggers behind closed doors and windows than you are outside, poor air quality can aggravate respiratory systems and leave people desperate for relief.

Dr. Nicholas BuSaba, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, says, "Most of the things that cause problems are odorless, so, in many cases, there's nothing to alert you to the problem."

He's right. Your home's air quality can be impacted in ways you'd never be able to detect if you don't know where to look. Luckily, many of the places that collect dirt, dust, and other allergens can be reached and cleaned easily.

If you're ready to do a clean sweep and start breathing better, here's where to start.

Your HVAC Filter

The air conditioner filter isn't just designed to block air pollutants from entering your home; it also protects your HVAC system. When your filter collects too much dust and dirt, it stops working efficiently, resulting in poor airflow and reduced air quality.

A dirty HVAC filter left untouched puts additional strain on your entire system, which can lead to breakdowns, constant running and, ultimately, costly repairs. If you suffer from allergies or live in an area with high pollution, regular AC filter cleanings are vital to good indoor air quality.

Appliance Filters

Your home's air quality is impacted by more than just your HVAC system. Many common household appliances and cleaning equipment use filters, too, and a build-up can cause dust, dander and other allergens to linger in the air. Make sure that when you're cleaning the house, you don't forget to clean or replace the filters in the following:

  • Vacuum

  • Clothes dryer

  • Kitchen and bathroom vents

Rugs and Carpets

If you have rugs or carpet, it's a good idea to invest in a professional steam cleaning at least once a year, twice if you have pets or live in an area with lots of pollutants. You should also perform weekly cleaning and use high-quality vacuum cleaners with rug brushes that are capable of reaching deep between fibers and picking up even the smallest specks of dust and debris.

Other Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ensure that your home's humidity is always at the right temperature. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests keeping your thermostat between 68 and 75 degrees depending on the time of year and whether or not you're home. Additionally, some other great ways to improve your I.A.Q. are as follows:

  • Ensure your home's relative humidity is between 30 to 50 percent; consistent humidity levels of 60 or above can contribute to mold growth.

  • You should also avoid smoking inside the house (at all times) and make sure you use cooking vents; even electric stoves emit carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals into the air.

  • Avoid harsh cleaning products, and open windows when using anything that has a strong odor. Never mix bleach with ammonia or anything that contains ammonia; this can release harmful, toxic gases.

  • Use microfiber, wet cloths to dust to trap particles, and schedule regular cleanings with your local HVAC company to keep your system's air filter at its best.

If you're ready to improve your air quality, call Proactive Comfort today at (603) 239-2346 for expert heating, plumbing, and cooling service and repairs in Manchester, NH. We also serve customers throughout Hooksett, Nashua, and Hillsborough County.

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