Keeping Your Air Clean & Cool
Have you been having more problems than normal with allergies this summer? While it may be due to the harsh winter that triggered one of the largest pollen counts we’ve seen last spring and summer, it is highly likely that your indoor air quality is suffering as well. Outdoor pollutants can lurk into your home and put your air quality and, ultimately, your health at risk. Other sources of pollutants are pet dander, dust mites, mold, and fumes from combustion devices and gas-fired appliances. Luckily, there are easy and affordable ways to clean your air up and keep your home cool for the remainder of the summer. Here is a three step process to controlling your indoor air quality and keeping cool at the same time.
Step 1: Clean
One of the easiest changes that you can make is simply cleaning your home. By dusting as much as possible you can stay on top of dust mites. Dust your windows, trims, and rarely used areas to make a quick difference in your home. When vacuuming, it is also important to find a vacuum that utilizes a HEPA type filter so that as you are cleaning, you’re not just putting dust right back into the air. Another crucial spot is your air ducts. Even if you’re home is newer, you may still have construction debris or other pollutants in your ducts that can be harmful to your health. If you aren’t sure how to properly clean your air duct system, call your local HVAC expert.
Step 2: Turn on the AC
What’s a simple way to keep cool AND keep your air clean? You guessed it: turning on your AC unit actually helps rid pollutants from your home, thus improving your indoor air quality. According to Dr. E. Neil Schachter of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, most pollutants are water-soluble. This means that as the air conditioners remove water from the atmosphere, they also remove the pollutants with it. Not only do they remove most water-soluble pollutants, they also help remove pollen and particle matter that can be harmful to your family’s health.
Step 3: Consider an Air Purifier
While they can vary in performance, cost, and size, looking into purchasing an air purifier could help with allergies immensely. As mentioned in our blog, “What’s in Your Air”, efficiency is key to both getting rid of pollutants and saving you on energy costs. Search for a purifier that is equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for the best results. These are best choice for catching large airborne particles such as dust, pollen, mold, and animal dander without affecting the comfortable and cool temperature in your home.