Tips for Maintaining Air Quality in The Home

Cleaning the house can be quite an adventure. For one, it takes an entire day just to get it done. But it can also help people find things they thought were lost. Like finding extra money in the couch cushions or finding a favorite movie that fell behind the TV stand. From vacuuming to wiping down counters to scrubbing toilets, cleaning the entire house can be quite extensive. But in the end, it’s worth it.

The cleaning process helps prevent germs and illnesses from spreading around the house, reduces stains on countertops and furniture, and gets rid of buildup in the tub and showers. Good air quality works the same way. It takes a little effort to keep the air clean, but it’s worth it in the end. It helps everyone breathe a little easier, especially those with allergies or respiratory illnesses. Here are a few simple tips to help homeowners improve their home’s air quality.

Clean Floors Means Good Air Quality

clean floorsWith the millions of dog and cat videos that fill people’s social media feed, most would agree that people love their pets. And who wouldn’t with those cute little eyes staring up at their owner? But pets that shed can cause a mess on the floors and can cause a mess for the home’s air quality.

Believe it or not, dirty floors can actually affect the air quality of the home, no matter what flooring material is used. As people walk across the floor, allergens and pollutants sitting on the floor can get kicked up into the air and can cause breathing irritation.

Carpet traps dust, dirt, and pet dander; it is a much-loved home for these allergens. Hardwood floors may not trap dust as carpet does, but dust can still sit on top of it. Also, hardwood floors use harsh chemicals to keep that shiny finish.

When these chemicals are applied, homeowners will often have to leave because the strength of the chemicals makes it hard to breathe. Hardwood floors, as well as vinyl, are also prone to water damage and mold. Therefore, it’s important that homeowners keep their floors clean, no matter what flooring material is used.

Open the Windows More Often

Even after cleaning the carpets or switching out the air filters, the air can still feel a bit stale. One of the easiest and most effective ways to immediately improve the benefits of air quality is to open up the windows. Most new homes are built to be pretty airtight.

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Though this is great in some respects because it helps the home be more energy-efficient, it prevents dust, dirt, pet dander, or household chemicals from naturally escaping. By opening the windows, the fresh air can flush out those pollutants and allergens.

Finding the Source of the Problem

find the sourceSometimes homeowners can do everything right; they clean the house, switch the air filters, clean the air ducts, open the windows to let in fresh air, and still have an air quality problem. When the basic steps have been taken and the problem persists, it’s a sign of a deeper issue, and it’s critical to get down to the root cause.

For instance, there could be a larger issue with the HVAC system that needs to be fixed. Generally, this has to do with an electrical or mechanical failure inside the system. Without proper repair, you could see an emergency situation in a matter of weeks if not days. In this case, it’s best to call an HVAC professional to resolve the problem.

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