Protecting your indoor air quality is an important part of keeping your home happy and healthy. This is because poor indoor air quality can result in illness and serious damage to the health of you and those in your home.
At Barker’s Heating and Cooling, your safety is important to us. That’s why we offer Brazos Valley air quality services to help you stay protected. We put together a list of tips you can use to improve the air quality inside your home.
Understanding Indoor Air Quality
The first step in protecting the air in your home is understanding what indoor air quality is and how it can change. Indoor air quality, or IAQ, refers to the quality of the air inside buildings such as your home.
Your home’s air quality can change when there are airborne pollutants that enter your home. For instance, people and pets can carry germs, viruses and other airborne particles into the home. Once these pollutants enter your home, they can move through the air and enter your body, potentially causing allergies, illnesses or breathing issues.
Replace Your AC Filters As Needed
It is important to change your disposable air conditioning filters regularly. This should be done every few months. The purpose of these filters is to catch possible contaminants passing through your home, but a full and dirty filter will not be able to function properly. This leaves you and your family at risk. Simply changing the air filter when it’s time to do so can help keep the air in your home healthy.
Keeping your home clean is a great way to improve your indoor air quality. For example, vacuuming carpets regularly allows you to remove any dirt or dander that has been tracked into your home.
Without removing these materials from your home, the pollutants could travel through the air in your home and act as an irritant. This would have a negative impact on the health of those in your home. By vacuuming your fabric surfaces on a regular basis, you can prevent harmful materials from getting trapped in your home.
Prevent Mold Growth
It is important that you make sure you do not have any surfaces or spoiled food products that could allow mold to grow in your home. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, mold can lead to allergic reactions, irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and could even be toxic in some cases. To prevent the growth of mold, you can make sure there are not moist surfaces where mold spores can grow. This includes any leaks, wet fabrics or foods that are left unattended for lengths of time.
Contact a Professional
By contacting a professional, experts can help you better understand the indoor air quality of your home. They can also provide services such as installing air purifiers and completing IAQ testing. Testing your indoor air quality will help you know if your home is at risk and determine what actions you should take next.