3 Ways to Maintain Air Quality
For most homeowners, cleaning is hardly a fun task, but it’s a necessity to keep your home clean and comfortable. While a majority of people focus on the big things, like dusting shelves, washing dishes, and picking up any miscellaneous items found throughout your home, the one major area that might need more attention is your air quality.
On a deeper, ground floor kind of level, it’s critical to keep the air clean in the home, free of dirt, dust, and toxic smells. This is especially important for those with allergies or respiratory illnesses, as the seemingly benign, small particles are often the ones to cause irritation. To help get homeowners started, here are three ways to improve the air quality in the home.
Scrub the Floors Clean
Most people have experienced sticky floors at one point or another. It might have been in a bar or restaurant where someone had spilled a drink and the floor started sticking to every person’s shoes. Or maybe it happened in the home when some jelly fell on the floor from making a PB&J sandwich.
Even though the jelly was cleaned up, there’s still a bit of stick to that one particular spot. The point is, sticky floors are annoying and having dirty floors can actually affect the air quality of the home. Carpet can trap dust, pet dander, and other contaminants.
Though hardwood floors don’t trap dust and dirt like carpet, they use harsh chemicals for the finish. Oftentimes, homeowners will have to leave their homes because the chemicals are so strong it becomes hard to breathe.
Hardwood floors, as well as vinyl, are also prone to water damage and mold, which also affects the indoor air quality. So no matter what flooring material is used, make sure to keep your floor clean. Regularly vacuum carpets, avoid chemicals and clean up any water spills to avoid the growth of mold.
Open Windows for Fresh Air
Even with clean air ducts, and air circulating the house efficiently, it can still feel a bit stale. One of the best, and simplest, ways to improve air quality is to open the windows and have fresh air start to make its way through the house. Nowadays, homes are built to be pretty airtight.
Though this helps them be more energy-efficient, it prevents pollutants and allergens like dust, dirt, pet dander, or household chemicals from naturally escaping. Opening the windows can flush out many of those pollutants and allergens that build up.
Find the Source of the Problem
Unfortunately, homeowners can do all the right things and still end up with an air quality problem. Cleaning the floors and having regular, natural airflow can help maintain the benefits that come with good air quality.
However, if there is a consistent problem, homeowners should try to get down to the root cause. This could include an issue with the HVAC system, a clog in the air ducts, or air filters that fill faster than normal. In any of these cases, it’s best to call a professional to resolve the problem.
About Kuhn Air Conditioning
Kuhn Air Conditioning is all about helping its customers keep their homes comfortable and safe. Their technicians always assess their unique concerns, perform an accurate diagnosis, and provide them with options to solve the problem. Whether that means repairing or replacing the existing unit, their staff is there to help.