We often don’t think about the air we breathe in our homes because many of us don’t know this scary truth: indoor air can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the most industrialized areas. What’s scarier is that poor indoor air quality has been linked to health-related issues, such as asthma, eye irritation, and more severe complications, which is why taking steps to eliminate pollutants is crucial. Our team of indoor comfort specialists at Park Mechanical are here to help you improve the air you breathe with these six tips.
1. Keep up with cleaning
A clean house is a healthy house! Keep up with your home’s hygiene to minimize the accumulation of dust and to cut down on the amount of pet dander. You should focus on the following:
Vacuuming the carpets and rugs weekly or bi-weekly.
Washing bed sheets and furniture covers regularly.
Clearing out clutter to reduce the chances of dust growing.
Dust surfaces weekly.
2. Use cleaner products
In order to keep up with cleaning, you’re going to need some assistance! Now is usually when you break out the gloves, your favorite all-purpose cleaner, and begin wiping down every dirty surface. Before you proceed with your normal cleaning routine, we want to warn you about the sneaky pollutants lurking in household products. Many of them have ingredients that release volatile organic compounds, which are toxic gases that are emitted into the air. According to EPA, household products that release VOCs:
Cleansers and disinfectants
Air fresheners and moth repellents
From the list above, most if not all the items are currently in your home. So what can you do? Find alternative options that are chemical-free or “clean,” and if you have to use them, open the windows to bring in fresh air.
3. Add plants
On top of adding some color to your home, certain plants act as a natural air purifier. Check out this list from HGTV of the “10 Best Plants for Cleaning Indoor Air.”
5. Groom your pets
We welcome all furry friends, but pet dander can stay out. These microscopic flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, and other animals with fur or feathers can cause allergic reactions that affect the comfort of our homes. Try to stop shedding by brushing them outdoors, bathing them regularly, and try to keep them off furniture.
4. Start taking your shoes off at the door
If you’ve gotten in the habit of wearing your shoes around the home, you may want to stop now. Think about everything that the bottom of your shoe touches from fertilizer to chemicals from floor cleaners and other bacteria. You could be bringing in some unwanted guests, so it’s best to leave them at the door along with your shoes. Purchase designated house slippers instead of your everyday shoes to kick this habit to the curb. Plus, think of the time you’ll save on cleaning!
6. Change HVAC filters
As your go-to heating and air conditioning company, we encourage you to replace your HVAC filter every three months. If you have a difficult time keeping up with this, we recommend signing up for a maintenance plan. At Park Mechanical, part of our maintenance agreement includes filter changes, in addition to over a dozen other services to help your HVAC run smoothly. Take it a step further by getting a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that can capture harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. On top of increasing the efficiency of your HVAC unit, this will help keep dust from accumulating and circulating throughout your home.
Count on the Stand-Up Guys at Park Mechanical for all your heating and air conditioning needs in Sacramento. You can reach us by calling (916) 345-1592 or contacting us online!