Have you noticed that you’re sneezing and coughing more frequently inside your home? Are your eyes itchy, or is your nose runny? If you aren’t suffering from a common cold, your home’s indoor air quality is likely to blame for your symptoms. Read on to learn how homeowners in Swannanoa, North Carolina, can improve their indoor air quality and breathe easier inside their homes.
Complete These Tasks Every Day and Week
Cleaning your home regularly is the first step toward maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Therefore, you should be completing daily and weekly tasks to make sure your home is as clean as possible.
- Remove your shoes and leave them at the front door
- Stop smoking and using aerosols inside your home
- Use the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Sweep, vacuum and mop flooring where appropriate
- Wash bedding, linen and other similar materials
- Use eco-friendly alternatives to chemical cleaners
Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning
Most homeowners don’t realize that the air inside their homes is likely more polluted than the air outside. Dust mites, pet dander, and microbial growth can all collect in your air ducts and worsen your home’s indoor air quality. When you consider that your HVAC system’s air ducts circulate that dirty air, it’s important to clean them regularly. Schedule an air duct cleaning every three to five years to keep your ductwork clean.
Invest in Indoor Air Quality Products
Keeping your home and air ducts clean helps maintain healthy indoor air quality. But with today’s innovations in HVAC technology, you can do even more to ensure your home’s air is healthy enough to breathe on a daily basis. Here are some of the most effective solutions available on the market today that will help you improve your IAQ:
- Air cleaners: Trap and kill viruses, bacteria and other pollutants.
- While-home dehumidifiers: Help you balance your home’s humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
- Ventilators: Exhaust stale air out of your home and draw fresh air into it.
Are you suffering from poor air quality inside your home? Contact Gentry Heating, Inc. at 828-581-4045 to learn more about how we can help you improve your home’s air quality and breathe easier.
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