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How Clean Is Your Indoor Air?

It’s winter in Montgomery County, and that means that you are likely spending a lot of time inside your home. With this in mind, you want your home to be a comfortable and healthy place to live. So, do you know how clean the air inside your home is? If you think your home could be a bit cleaner, Worcester HVAC is here to help with a variety of helpful tips and solutions.

Why It Matters

The quality of the air in your home affects your family. If you want your family to be happy, breath easy, and be healthy, making sure that the air in your home is clean is a good step to take. Poor air quality can affect your family in a variety of ways, especially if they have allergies or respiratory issues. The following are just a few symptoms of poor air quality.

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Itchy or Watery Eyes
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds
  • More Colds

If your family has been experiencing continuous issues with any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to look into improving the air quality in your Worcester home.

Things That Contribute to Poor Air Quality

There are a variety of household items and other sources that can negatively impact your home’s air quality. By trying to limit these sources, you can help keep your air clean. Some of these sources include:

  • Smoke from Cigarettes
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Pets
  • Plant Pollen
  • Paint Fumes
  • Some Cleaning Products
  • Gas Furnaces
  • Wood Stoves
  • Water Heater
  • Kitchen Range
  • Fire Place

It’s important to know what kind of pollutants you are putting into your home so you can help protect your family. By doing some research or contacting Worcester HVAC for help, you can help make your home a healthier environment and keep it that way.

Solutions

Once you know what items are causing poor air quality, you can find ways to help solve the problem. Here are some solutions that may help you improve the air quality in your home.

Change Your Air Filter

If you have been noticing more dust and dirt throughout your home, one of the first sources you should check is your air filter. If your air filter gets clogged, it won’t block the dirt passing through your system. This can lead to a variety of different problems including faster wear-and-tear, clogs, dirty air ducts, and more dirt in your home.

Be sure to keep up with changing your air filter regularly. How often you need to change the filter depends on what filter you have and how much dirt is tracked into your home. However, the standard 1” filter should be changed on a monthly basis.

Vacuum, Dust, and Clean Regularly

If you don’t keep up with cleaning, the dust and dirt in your home will begin to pile up. Then when someone walks by or turns on a fan, the debris will scatter throughout the air. Then your family will likely breathe in this air and can eventually begin to experience the symptoms listed earlier. By keeping your Worcester home clean, you can help keep your family healthy.

Groom Your Pets Regularly

Similar to dusting and cleaning your home, you will also want to groom your pets regularly. When they run around your home, they spread fur and pet dander everywhere they go. If you groom them regularly, you can help minimize the amount of fur and pet dander floating around your Worcester home.

Add Some Plants

Some plants can help improve air quality. Some of these include English ivy, bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, Gerbera daisies, dragon tree, mother-in-law’s tongue, pot mums and more. Each plant can help in a different way, requires different care, and can affect your family member’s in different ways, so it is important to do your research.

Ventilate Your Living Space

During winter you don’t want to open your windows as the warm air will escape and cold air will enter your Worcester home. However, when the weather is nice, it is a good idea to open your windows and allow your home to ventilate. This will help get the stuffy air out and let the fresh air in.

Clean Your Air Ducts

If you have already tried changing your filter, but there is still excess dust in your home, your air ducts may need to be cleaned. Over time dust piles up in your ducts. When your HVAC system turns on, it can blow this dirt out into your home. This is why it is important to have them cleaned. Typically, your air ducts should be cleaned every ten years.

Contact Worcester HVAC

If you have tried the solutions above and are still experiencing poor air quality, contact Worcester HVAC for more help. You can do so through our website here: https://myhvacteam.com/contact-us/. You can also call us at 610-287-HEAT.