How to Manage Indoor Air Quality During the Season Change
Your home should be a haven from unpredictable weather changes, but autumn’s arrival brings upheaval to temperatures, humidity levels, allergens, and air quality. Mold levels are at their peak during fall, ragweed flourishes until the first freeze, and dust mites thrive in cool climates. Before allergies and indoor air quality problems threaten to derail your health, create a plan of attack for cleaner air with these quick tips.
- Air out your home for five to ten minutes a day, since outdoor air is cleaner than indoor air. Open doors and windows to allow a fresh cross breeze. Do not leave windows open for long periods (or overnight), especially if you have allergies to ragweed and mold.)
- Clean carpets, vacuum upholstery and perform a thorough dusting and housecleaning. Use all natural, toxin-free cleaning products for bathrooms and kitchens since volatile organic compounds (VOCs) aggravate allergies and asthma.
- Dogs and cats carry mold, allergens, and particulates in from outside, so it’s wise to bathe pets every one to two weeks, brush them every day and regularly launder their bedding when you wash your family’s sheets.
- Consider installing a whole-home air purifier to help manage your family’s comfort and health. The air purifier is installed directly into your HVAC system and works to remove particulates and irritants like mold spores, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, pollen, and even viruses from your home. It helps reduce the risk of asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
If you are interested in learning how you can improve your indoor air quality, contact us today!