How to Improve Indoor Air Quality this Season

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality this SeasonIndoor air quality is a serious problem for most homes. Indoor air is significantly more polluted than outdoor air, and that pollution can cause asthma, allergy symptoms, and other respiratory concerns. In the fall, pollen counts rise and allergy symptoms return, but there are steps you can take to help.

1. Control Dust Mites

Dust mites live in the dusty surfaces of your home, and their droppings can cause breathing and allergy difficulties. Control dust mites by keeping the surfaces in your home clean and free from clutter. If you have rugs or carpet, keep them properly cleaned.

2. Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming will not remove all allergens, but vacuuming with a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter or double filter bags once or twice a week will remove many allergens from your flooring. Be cautious, because vacuuming can add dust to the air.

3. Close the Windows

Fresh air is nice, and it’s tempting in the fall to open the windows and let it in, but doing so could impact your air quality. When it’s a high pollen season keep the windows and doors closed. This blocks pollen from entering your home and improves your indoor air quality significantly.

4. Use an Air Cleaner

Air cleaners remove allergens that you cannot dust or prevent in your home. Install a whole-house air purifier, or use a mobile air purifier in the rooms where you spend the most time.

5. Improve Ventilation

Finally, consider improving ventilation to lower the risk of mold and similar indoor allergens. Your furnace likely does not bring fresh air into the house. Using vents to ventilate the home can help remove contaminates, lessen humidity, and control overall indoor air quality.

If you have further questions about indoor air quality in your Middletown home, contact the team at C. R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning. Our team of qualified HVAC professionals is ready to help you improve the overall quality of the air in your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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