Allergies can be a distress of many, especially when the seasons change. Though seasonal allergies can be a cause of increased irritation, poor indoor air quality is also another cause behind your allergy-like symptoms. Runny noses, asthma, irritated eyes, and bronchitis can all be triggered due to the irritants floating in the air in your home. Many people spend majority of their life indoors, and in most cases, the pollution inside is much worse than the pollution found outside. It’s worrisome to think about just how much junk you are exposed to daily. However, there are ways you can improve the quality of air indoors so you can breathe easier. Here are a few suggestions from Vanak Mechanical that can get you on the road to better air.
Don’t Allow Indoor Smoking
Secondhand smoke doesn’t have a tolerable level. In fact the only way to reduce its impact on your indoor air quality is to prohibit indoor smoking completely. Smoke permeates all areas of the home, even if someone always closes the door, or stands by a window, even a single occurrence reduces the air quality tremendously.
Vacuum on A Regular Basis
A lot of allergens live in your carpet, so it’s a good idea to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove the pollutants residing there. Make sure you vacuum every other day to help get rid of dust and dander.
Clean Your Bedding
Take time to wash your linens on a regular basis to reduce the number of allergens, dust mites and airborne pollutants that are floating around in your home.
Open Your Windows
Keeping your windows closed is one way to keep out pollen and other irritants, but make sure that you also allow your home to air out on occasion. If the weather is bright and sunny, open your windows and let the fresh air in.
Clean Your House & Throw Away Old Chemicals
Make sure you use cleaning supplies that are intended for people with allergies and make sure to clean your house often. Also, if you have old chemicals, paint, cleaning products or abrasives sitting around the house, then toss them out if they are no longer needed.
Trim Your Pets
If you have pets that live inside, make sure you take them for professional grooming sessions on a regular basis. This will ensure that the amount of hair and dander in the air is kept at a minimum.
Use Fans in the Kitchen & Bathroom
Using an exhaust hood over your kitchen stove will help remove smoke and other gasses from the air in your home. You can also install fans in your bathrooms to help filter out gasses from cleaning products and to help keep the air fresh.
Change Your Filters & Clean Your Ducts
Air filters are a magnet for dander, dust and other pollutants. They are made to trap these elements to keep them out of your breathable air, but you have to remember to change your filters every three months. You should also clean your air ducts at the same time you change your filters to remove bacteria, microbes, mildew, and dust.
How Vanak Mechanical Can Help
These are just a few essential tips that can be used to help improve the quality of air in your home. If you are in need of advanced solutions, contact Vanak Mechanical at (416) 278-3895 to see how we can help reduce the air pollution in your house.