Breathe Easy with Better Indoor Air Quality
Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
New England’s four-season climate can be tough on your family’s health. Allergies, cold viruses, and more come with the territory of changing seasons. Did you know that your home’s indoor air quality can help or hurt seasonal and year-round health problems?
Common airborne allergens and pollutants become trapped in our homes, especially during the colder months. Cracking open a window to let in fresh air can be helpful, but often long stretches of low temperatures or inclement weather can make this difficult for Massachusetts residents.
Use these easy at-home hacks to improve your indoor air quality as winter slowly turns to spring:
Keep Up with Chores
Dusting and vacuuming your home regularly can reduce dust, mold, pollen, and dander. It is also beneficial to steam clean carpets and wash window treatments seasonally to remove embedded allergens.
Watch Humidity Levels
Running your central heating system more frequently can dry out the air in your home, causing dry skin, sore throats, and other issues. Using a humidifier can help alleviate this. Just be mindful that too much moisture in the air can allow the growth of mold and other allergens. A balance of 30-35% humidity is ideal to stay comfortable and healthy.
Add air-filtering plants to your décor, like Peace Lilies, English Ivy, and Chrysanthemums, to help reduce airborne toxins. Some plants can be harmful to animals. Check with your florist or vet if you are a pet owner!
Maintain Your HVAC Equipment
Annual maintenance from your local HVAC professional can help lower energy bills, reduce energy use, and promote efficiency. But did you know that it can also improve your home’s air quality? During your tune-up, the service technician will clean or replace your equipment’s air filters, which can build up with dust and debris from regular use.
Contact Noonan Energy to learn more about indoor air quality solutions or to schedule your next heating or cooling tune-up today!