To keep your family comfortable, cooling and heating your home aren't the only areas to focus on. Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to how the indoor air affects your health and comfort. Good IAQ is present in a clean and tidy home that has proper ventilation. You can improve the IAQ of your Beaumont, Texas, home in a few simple ways.
Pollutants in the Air
Pollutants in the air can include dust, pet dander, mold, cleaners, gases, and smoke. Pet dander and cleaners are part of everyday living, so eliminating the causes of pollutants may not be the solution. While cleaning and proper ventilation will help remove the particles from your home, molds and gases may be coming from a deeper source. A dehumidifier will help to stop mold growth, and home test kits are available to check for presence of gases. While a visit from a professional may be necessary, below are three actions you can take yourself to reduce indoor air pollutants.
Keep It Tidy
Keep your home dust and dander free to reduce the allergens in the air. Wash your bedding and curtains, and vacuum your home at least once a week. Cleaning furniture and carpets will keep dust from settling, allowing you to breathe easier.
Invest in an Air Cleaner
Air cleaners come in many forms and price ranges. Some are whole-house cleaners, while others are portable models. Different models are more or less efficient at removing particles from the air, so do your research before deciding on a model. Don't want to purchase another appliance? Buy an air-filtering house plant, such as English ivy, a peace lily, or chrysanthemum. Not only are some of these indoor plants decorative, but they also remove harmful toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia.
Scheduling Preventive Maintenance
Keeping the fans and filters in your cooling system clean will prevent pollutants from circulating through the air, a job that a heating and cooling services professional can handle. Schedule a preventive maintenance appointment to keep your heating and cooling system running cleanly and efficiently.
For Beaumont homeowners, simple measures like those described above can make an impact on IAQ. For more information about ways to improve your home's IAQ, call Thermacon Service Company Inc. at 866-797-1535.
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