If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year can be challenging. Spending time outdoors is tempting with the great weather, though you may be drawn indoors to avoid allergy triggers. But what do you do when those triggers make their way inside?
Here are seven great tips to help improve your indoor air quality and help you breathe easier.
- Run the A/C. Your air conditioner keeps you cool, but it also helps to control the humidity levels within your home and filters the air. If the indoor relative humidity exceeds 50 percent, your home may become a breeding ground for dust mites or mold.
- Have your ducts professionally cleaned and sealed. Over time, ducts collect dirt, dust, mold spores, dander and pollen, which are then blown in to your environment. Leaky ducts may draw additional contaminants in as well.
- Install a central air cleaning system. Improve your indoor air quality with a whole-house system, which can remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles and help control your allergies.
- Change the A/C filter monthly. Your filter can’t do its job if it’s clogged and dirty, so get in the habit of changing it monthly during peak season.
- Keep up with the housework. Clean often with a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to eliminate dust and use a vacuum cleaner with a good HEPA filter.
- Use exhaust fans to remove moisture. In rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, any time steam is present turn on the exhaust fan and ensure it vents to the outside rather than to the attic.
- Keep windows and doors closed. This is especially important overnight, as pollen counts are typically highest between 5 and 10 a.m. Rely on your air conditioner, floor or ceiling fan to keep cool instead.
At Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, we have been serving the community of Grand Traverse
County for more than 30 years and have built a great reputation for quality service and craftsmanship. Contact us today for more tips on how to improve your indoor air quality.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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