We all strive to make our homes as healthy and safe as possible. But knowing that, on average, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air can take some of the air out of your sail. But don’t give up just yet. Here are 8 changes you can make today that will help control the pollen, mold, dust, and other contaminants that are trying to invade your home and body.
- Keep a barrier between you and your bedding. Put zippered dust and dust mite proof cases on your pillows and mattress that prevent even the tiniest of particles from getting through.
- Use a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. While vacuuming picks up dirt and dust, it can also send those tiny particles back into the air, unless you use a HEPA filter.
- Change the vacuum filter. A vacuum filter is only good if it’s clean, so change it every 6 months or so or as soon as it starts showing wear and tear.
- Replace your HVAC filters regularly. HVAC filters not only help keep your heating and air systems running efficiently, they help keep pollutants and contaminants out of the air. So replace those filters at least every 3 months.
- Ventilate your bathroom properly. First, make sure your bathroom exhaust fan is vented to the outdoors. Then, run it anytime you take a bath or shower to help remove moisture from the room. Leave it running for a few minutes after you’re done, as well.
- Keep your gutters clear. Clogged and leaky gutters can allow moisture to enter your home and lead to mold growth and structural damage. Inspect your gutters year round and clean as needed.
- Purge textiles in your bedroom and living room. Area rugs, throws, blankets, and upholstered furniture all trap dust and are perfect breeding grounds for dust mites. Keep them to a minimum for a healthier home, and frequently clean the ones you have.
- Follow your nose. If an area of your home smells musty, don’t ignore it. Get to the source of the problem to reduce the spread and damage that mold can cause.
Another key to maintaining a healthy home is having your heating and cooling systems professionally cleaned and inspected once a year by the home comfort professionals at Absolute Air. Your filters are part of the inspection process, but so is every other system component – places where dust, dirt, bacteria, mold, mildew and other pollutants frequently gather. We can also help keep your house pollutant free, all year long, by installing a whole-house air purifier. For more information or to request a free in-home consultation, call or click for Absolute Air today.