Home is supposed to be our safe place, but it could be where we are in the most danger.
We often hear about how polluted the air outside is, but the air in our home’s is often worse – up to ten times worse! Indoor air pollution can cause serious health problems, so follow these six steps to keep your air clean.
Lose the shoes.
Wearing your shoes around the house doesn’t just dirty up your floors and carpet – it can also track in harmful pesticides. Place doormats outside all of your entrances and implement a strict “no shoes” policy for your guests.
Clean up your cleaning products.
Despite the fact that they are labeled as “cleaning” products, commercial cleaning agents are loaded with harmful chemicals. Opt for a cheaper, safer alternative by cleaning your home’s surfaces with a baking soda-vinegar solution; it’s just as effective!
Make your home a no-smoking zone.
Most people are aware of the dangers of first- and second-hand smoke, but scientists have recently discovered that the carcinogens released by cigarette smoke can stick on your walls and furniture for months.
Control your humidity levels.
High humidity levels do more than make you uncomfortable. More times than not, excess humidity leads to mold – a toxic fungus that can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections. Minimize moisture in your air by running the bathroom exhaust fan after every shower and using a dehumidifier when necessary.
Have your heating equipment inspected each year.
As winter approaches, take the time to schedule a professional inspection for your heating system. As furnaces operate, they produce a fatal gas known as carbon monoxide. This is usually safely vented to the outside, but a block in your system could have deadly consequences.
Change your HVAC filters.
Furnaces and air conditioners both utilize air filters that must be cleaned or replaced on a monthly basis. Not only do dirty filters contribute to indoor air pollution, they also reduce energy efficiency and increase wear-and-tear on your unit.
As Fairfield County’s leading HVAC professionals, don’t trust anyone but Devine Bros. to help you clean up the air in your home. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call us for a free indoor air quality consultation at (203) 866-4421.