Tips To Improving Your Indoor Air Quality This Summer
We all know the summer’s here in Arizona are no joke. With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, many homeowners are already cooped up inside their home with the AC on full blast. With how much time you’ll be spending inside over these next several months, it’s important to pay attention to your indoor air quality. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the levels of indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollutants. Here are some tips to improving your indoor air quality this summer.
1. Clean Regularly
Keeping your floors, rugs, and carpets clean is a great way to reduce pollutants. When your family is constantly coming in and out of the house, you’d be surprised how much dirt and debris gets tracked in on the bottom of your shoes. It’s good to remember to not wear shoes in your home and clean your floors regularly to help improve your indoor air quality.
2. Change Your Air Filters
Every 1-3 months you should be changing your air filter. When your air filter get clogged with all the pollutants and allergens in the air, like pollen, pet dander, dust and dirt, they’ll then circulate back out through the air you breathe. To avoid any clogs or blockages in your filters, change them regularly.
3. Keep Windows and Doors Shut
If you live in the Prescott Valley or Phoenix Metropolitan Areas, then chances are, keeping your windows and doors shut during the summer isn’t an issue. But, just as a reminder, keeping them shut will help improve your indoor air quality. Opening windows and doors can let in a high amount of toxins and pollen, which isn’t good for your indoor air quality.
4. Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels
While humidity levels are relatively low in this climate, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping humidity levels low inside your home, as well. Keeping levels in the 30-50% range helps keep moisture-loving allergens like mold and dust under control.
5. Use Natural Cleaning Supplies and Fragrances
The cleaning supplies in most of our houses are full of chemicals. Not only that, but many of us associate fragrances with cleanliness – especially when it smells like a fresh lemon or a pine tree! However, those fragrances are often packed full of dangerous chemicals and emit VOCs into the air. This can not only be harmful to your health, but it can also be harmful to your indoor air quality. To improve your air quality, opt for natural cleaning supplies and fragrances instead.
6. Invest In An Air Cleaner
Air cleaners can purify your indoor air and remove contaminants like dust, pollen and dander. There are many benefits to installing an air cleaner in your home:
- Cleaner and healthier air
- Reduce germs by filtering out bacteria and viruses
- Reduce amount of dust, pet dander, and other pollutants in the air
- Help eliminate or reduce allergy or asthma symptoms
- Remove odors
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