The kids going back to school and cooler weather around us make a recipe for cold and allergy season. Piles of leaves during the fall season breed mold and cause runny noses and itchy eyes. When you turn on the heater for the first time during the cold weather season, dust mites are blown into the air and trigger sneezing and coughing. Kids pick up allergens and irritation from dusty A/C units and heating vents in school, too. According to Forbes, “Americans spend 90 percent of our time indoors”, which means we are exposed to poor indoor air quality for most of the day, every day. All of this exposure to poor air quality leaves our families at risk of sickness this time of year, and
It is important for your family’s health to maintain high indoor air quality, especially during these fall and winter months.
Unfortunately, just changing your air filter is not enough to prevent asthma and other sickness. Here are a few tips from the indoor air quality experts to protect your family this holiday season:
Use HEPA filters: HEPA filters catch very small dust particles in the air. Traditional filters only catch large particles and let others collect in your home and lead to dust build ups. HEPA filters prevent the common cold and asthma in young children.
Air purification service: UV air purification helps by killing mold and bacteria in your heating or cooling system before it has time to circulate. Advanced Air & Heat’s indoor air quality experts in Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast and Port Orange can install UV lights to eradicate toxins in the air.
Vacuum & mop: Although it seems simple, vacuuming and mopping regularly can make a big difference in your indoor air quality. Vacuuming will suck up pollen, pet dander, and dust mites hiding on your floors. Mopping will pick up everything the vacuum leaves behind. Also, you should have a door mat at every entrance in your home to capture all pollutants at the door and keep them off your floor.
A/C Tune-up: You should have your air conditioner unit inspected regularly to maintain proper function. But it’s also important to give your A/C unit a tune-up every season. An ac tune-up will reduce moisture in indoor air and keep humidity levels down. Give Advanced Air & Heat’s ac repair technicians a call to schedule an A/C tune-up today.
Go natural – Limit synthetic fragrances: Scented air freshners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets in solid, spray, and oil form are much more harmful than helpful. While these conventional products make your home smell nice for awhile, they release tons of toxins in your air. The fragrances that make the air fresheners smell good are made from petroleum products which can cause adverse health effects when inhaled. Basically, the more artificial fragrance products you use, the worse your indoor air quality is. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: use natural air fresheners. Indoor plants give off a natural fresh scent and improve your indoor air quality alone. Also, stay away from aerosol sprays – try sliced lemons and baking soda to give your kitchen and bathroom indoor air a fresh, citrus scent.
Beyond these quick fixes, it’s always important to eradicate poor indoor air quality caused by bad habits – most notably, smoking. Never smoke in or even near your home. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals that pollute the air indoors and linger outside, too.
If you follow these tips, you’re guaranteed to improve your indoor air quality this season. To maximize your indoor air quality, call our heating and air specialists to schedule an appointment today: 3864787302