One of the ways people feel safe is sheltering in the comfort of their home. Whether it’s a thunderstorm, tornado, blizzard, or a Terminator/Skynet-type scenario, when people feel threatened, they seek the security of their home – and for good reason. However, inside homes all over Georgia an invisible threat lurks: bad indoor air quality. Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air Quality
So often is the case that we blame outside sources for our scratchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose – but while outdoor pollens are often to blame – they’re not the only cause. It was French scientist Louis Pasteur who first researched microbes and their activity within the air. His study of bioaerosols led to the reduction of many 19th century diseases, but today, many of those microbes have found our homes to be of suitable accommodation.
Since 1989, Bardi has been taking care of the heating and cooling needs for the greater Atlanta area, and today, our experts are going to share with you some tips on improving your indoor air quality this winter.
Avoid Smoking Inside the Home.
It’s goes without saying, but smoking can wreak havoc on your indoor air quality. Cigarettes contain countless chemicals and carcinogens, which can be detrimental to your health. In addition to cigarettes, smoking marijuana inside the home is of great concern and can dramatically affect the air quality. The flower of the plant – the part people smoke – contains high levels of pollen and mold.
Household Products Affect Indoor Air.
We love it when our home smells good and clean; it makes us feel better. However, products like bleach, floor cleaners, and candles that we use to clean and make our homes smell great can affect indoor air quality in significant ways. This is also true for products like hairsprays and nail polish remover. Anytime you use one of these products or one like it, it’s important to air out the home by opening windows.
Clean Your Air.
In addition to using high-efficiency air filers in your HVAC unit, it’s a good idea to invest in an air purification system. Integrating ultraviolet lights, activated carbon, or electrostatic into your air filtration system can greatly improve the air quality inside the home and prevent you from becoming sick due to airborne contaminates.
Increase Ventilation and Air Circulation.
Your home’s ventilation system is often confused for the air filtration system. While they are symbiotic, they have different functions and should be considered two distinct parts of your home’s air circulation system. Your ventilation system distributes fresh air into your home. Your filtration system is responsible for cleaning that air. Not all ventilation systems have air filters, while some may only filter certain types of particles from the air. To improve your air quality, make sure your home has good ventilation as well as a high-efficiency air filtration system.
Regulate Humidity with a Dehumidifier.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the humidity level inside the home should be somewhere between 35 and 50 percent. This will help reduce the growth on mold, mildew, and allergens inside the home. What’s more, a dehumidifier can also help your air conditioner run more efficiently.
While these tips should help you manage the quality of your indoor air this winter, they are by no means comprehensive. If you want to improve your indoor air quality this winter, then call the professionals at Bardi at (770) 263-9300, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or chat with a representative in the chat box to schedule service today!