Many people think that air pollution can only happen outdoors, but this is a common misconception. Pollutants, such as pollen, mold, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and other household products, can also affect indoor air quality and trigger many illnesses.
Birdwell Heating & Cooling Inc., a heating system installation company, shares how to maintain good indoor air quality.
Avoid Smoking Inside Your Home
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. It also increases a child’s risk of developing ear or respiratory infections, asthma, and even cancer. To avoid any of these illnesses, make your home a no-smoking zone.
Maintain a Healthy Level of Humidity
Allergies are often triggered by dust mites, mold, and mildew, which thrive in humid environments. Minimizing the level of humidity in your home can keep them and other allergens under control. Consider installing a dehumidifier to help reduce moisture in the indoor air. Installing exhaust fans and opening windows in your kitchen and bathroom can also maintain good indoor air quality.
Pay Attention to Your HVAC System
Maintaining your heating and cooling unit is as important as keeping the level of humidity low. Start by inspecting and cleaning the air ducts to ensure that the warm or cold air passing through the vents is as well-filtered as possible.
Ditch Artificial Fragrances
Ordinary laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and air fresheners contain gases that can contribute to indoor air pollution. Switch to fragrance-free or naturally scented laundry products instead of their artificial counterparts. Lemons and baking soda, on the other hand, can leave your kitchen smelling clean.
Count on Birdwell Heating & Cooling Inc. for professional HVAC installation. We also offer heating repairs to boost your home’s comfort level. Call us today at (256) 229-3009 or fill out our online form to learn more about our products and services. We serve residents of Athens and Rogersville, AL.