Though you can’t always see it, the air is filled with tiny particles. You can inhale these easily, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including headaches, sore throat, itchy eyes, and coughing. If you’re wondering how clean your home’s air is, try asking yourself these key questions.
The outdoor air can house numerous pollutants such as pollen, dead leaves, dry soil particles, soot from automotive exhaust, and more. These irritants easily become airborne, traveling with the wind. You can bring such pollutants in on your shoes, jacket, and clothing. If you wear your shoes in the house and toss coats on chairs, these pollutants can easily track throughout the home. Leave coats and outerwear at the door to help keep your air clean.
Many common products off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air for years after they’re produced. These VOCs include acetone, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, benzene, and other hazardous chemicals. Common sources of VOCs include air fresheners, composite wood furniture, paint, adhesives, upholstery, carpet, and cosmetics. Learn more about the items you’re purchasing, and avoid those that may off-gas to keep your air cleaner.
Your HVAC system is responsible for circulating air throughout your home. When it’s properly cleaned, maintained, and equipped, it can remove many common pollutants. You should change your air filter every one to three months and have the entire system tuned up annually for the best performance. Periodic duct cleaning can help remove mold, dust, and other irritants. If you’re struggling with particularly poor indoor air quality, consider installing a whole-home air cleaner for advanced filtration.
If you suspect that your air isn’t as clean as it should be, contact All Year Cooling for tips on how to keep your ducts clean and your air quality high for easy breathing in any living space.