3 Ways To Improve Your Home's Indoor air Quality This Fall
If you and your family are like most homeowners, you are likely going to be spending a great deal of your time indoors this coming fall and winter. With so much to do around the house between getting everything ready for guests, preparing holiday meals, or just sitting back and watching some football, it can be easy to lose track of other things that need to get done from time to time. While there is plenty that needs doing around the house during the fall and winter, there is one aspect that far too many homeowners overlook, despite how important it can be in the coming months. The quality of your indoor air is important all throughout the year, but during the fall and winter months when you are going to be spending more time inside the house, it becomes even more so. With temperatures dropping steadily over the coming months, it is going to be less and less likely for you to open up your windows and air your home out, and that can lead to a number of harmful buildups inside your home over the coming months. Poor indoor air quality can have a negative impact on your well being, no matter how healthy you are, but can be even more dangerous if you have anyone in your home that is already suffering from severe allergies or any respiratory disorders, like asthma. Here at Innovative Air Solutions, we want you and your family to be able to breathe easy this fall and winter while you are in your home, and to aid in that quest, our heating and air conditioning experts have taken the time to put together this short list highlighting just a few of the things that you can do this holiday season to improve your home's indoor air quality.
While most homeowners do a bit of cleaning on a fairly regular basis, this becomes more important during the fall and winter when your home is likely going to be getting less airflow from outside. Take the time to wipe away any dust that might have accumulated on your ceiling fans, exhaust fans, or air registers throughout your home, and make sure to take a look inside your air ducts and clean what you can if you notice any lingering dust or debris. If you notice that there is a great deal of buildup in your air ducts, it's a good idea to call in a professional to have them professionally inspect and clean your ducts in their entirety. Finally, make sure that you are vacuuming regularly, as your carpets can act like a sponge for any dust or dirt that is tracked into your home, and will get released into your air every time someone takes a step on it.
Install A Humidifier
After you start using your heating system when the temperatures start to drop in the coming months, the air inside your home is likely going to become a bit drier as a result. While this doesn't affect some, it can cause nosebleeds, dry eyes, and irritated sinuses in many others, especially in people who already have respiratory issues of some kind. Having a professional install a humidifier in your home will help to add a little bit of moisture to the air inside your house, helping to alleviate most of the irritation issues, as well as helping to reduce the wear this dry air can have on any natural wood you might have in your home, as well as helping to alleviate dry skin irritation.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Over the course of the fall and winter, your heating system is going to be continually circulating air throughout your home by bringing in fresh air from outside and filtering out what it can from the air inside your home already. If it has been a while since your heating system was maintained, however, it might not be doing this as efficiently as it can. It is important to make sure that you are changing your heating system's filters at least on a monthly basis, and make sure that you are checking and clearing away any buildups of dirt or fungus that might be accumulating on any humidifiers you have in your home. Finally, it is helpful if you have your system checked out by a professional at least once per year, most preferably in the fall before your system goes into heavy use.