We’re here to help with the transition to the new normal. While remaining inside our homes is good for slowing the spread of COVID-19, it isn’t necessarily the best thing for our overall health.
The inside of your home can actually pose more of a threat to your health than the outside. Indoor pollutants can come from various sources, like pets, gas stoves, pollen, and even your favorite scented candle. Eliminating all pollutants in your home might come as a challenge without a full-scale biohazard tent. However, you can still make many impactful changes to reduce pollutants and improve your indoor air quality. Here’s how.
HVAC Air Filters:
As a company that offers HVAC services, we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. It would be best if you changed out your HVAC air filters every other month, even more so if you smoke or have pets.
If you have been replacing your filter regularly and don’t believe it’s making a difference, there may be an issue. Schedule an appointment with Bacon, and we’ll have a technician recommend the best filter for your specific unit model and check to see if dirty ducts are causing a problem in your home.
If it’s not the air filter leaving your home feeling stuffy, the suspect is usually a buildup of dust inside your air ducts. The cause of this buildup is primarily due to the overuse of the HVAC unit without proper maintenance or duct inspection.
Portable Air Purifiers:
A popular solution to a pollutant-filled home is a portable air cleaner. These isolated air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes to fit your exact needs.
Portable air purifiers are rated through their clean air delivery rate (CADR). This number tells you which purifier will best fit the specific room it will be placed in. The higher the CADR, the bigger area it will serve, but it is important to remember that the rating is most often tested on the unit’s highest speed, according to the EPA.
When picking out a portable air purifier, the EPA suggests that you purchase a unit that best fits what it will be filtering most. For example, if you smoke, look for a purifier that indicates a higher CADR. On the other hand, if you’re just worried about allergies and dust, a lower CADR unit will suffice.
Cleaning your home is a tried and true way to decrease the amount of dust and allergens in your home. When cleaning, try to avoid cleaners that contain harmful chemicals or aerosols, as these can be harmful with constant exposure. Instead, go for green cleaners or make your own with dish soap and vinegar!
If you have any questions on other ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home or are interested in one of our indoor air quality services, contact Bacon today. Our team will be happy to help you find solutions that will best fit your needs. Call (972) 791-8332 or schedule online.