Does Your Home Feel Stuffy and Uncomfortable? Better Your Air Quality!
As we spend most of our time indoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may feel that your home is not as comfortable as you may have originally thought. You may notice that your home feels dustier, or maybe there are lingering odors from cooking the night before. These signs can indicate that your indoor air quality, or IAQ, is low.
As mentioned in our last post, the EPA claims that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. By spending much more time inside, we may be experiencing just as many toxins that can affect our health, and even our home, later on. Those with asthma, allergies, or lung conditions may notice poor air quality much faster, and it is important to take these concerns seriously.
If you want to learn more about promoting fresher, cleaner air in your Beckley-area home, talk to the staff at Childers Enterprises. Our technicians are available to speak with you over the phone to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your current indoor air quality.
How Whole-Home Comfort Systems Can Freshen Your Home
Whole-home comfort systems are one way to add freshness back into your home. While new homes are built tightly to provide more efficiency, they tend to seal out fresh air, leaving your home feeling stale. Whole-home comfort systems can provide better ventilation, humidification, and better zone control to keep fresh air circulating throughout your home. It’s important to note that whole-home comfort systems cannot completely prevent bacteria and other pollutants from entering your home, but they can help to control and regulate air and trap most bacteria.
Childers Enterprises works with Honeywell and Trane® equipment to provide exceptional results for homes and businesses. If you notice that your current comfort system is not working the way it should, call us right away. Our technicians are still available 24/7 to make sure your equipment is functioning properly.
Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Feeling Fresh During Quarantine
Your home should be a safe place for you and your family during times of crisis. If you do not have a whole-home comfort system to regulate and promote better air quality during this time of quarantine, there are many other ways to take charge and give your home the fresh air it needs.
Duct cleaning. Regular duct cleaning will remove dust, dander, and mold spores, helping your family breathe easier. Duct cleaning can also help your HVAC system run more smoothly, cutting down energy costs.
Clean or replace air filters. Air filters help to clean and purify the air in your home. If your air filter is over two months old, it is best to vacuum it to remove dust or call in your technician for a replacement.
Clean and dust your home. Chemicals can linger in carpets, clothing, drapery, and other household items. Steam cleaning carpets, dusting, doing laundry, and keeping up with regular cleaning can help to control dust and pet dander, can limit the amount of off-gassing, and will keep your home feeling fresh and comfortable.
Source control. If you know of any areas of your home with asbestos, do your best to seal it off from your living space (if possible). Decreasing the use of gas appliances or increasing ventilation around them can also help to lower emissions that may hang in your home.
Do not smoke inside your home. Those who smoke inside their home can leave behind second-hand smoke and allergens that hang in the air.
It’s hard to imagine that chemicals in your carpets, clothing, or other household items can make such a great impact on your health. To learn more simple ways to increase your indoor air quality, visit the EPA or the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, or reach out to Childers Enterprises in Beckley, WV. Our team can work with you to find the best way to improve your indoor air quality, making this quarantine easier on your health.
The Effect of Poor Air Quality on Your Home
We’ve discussed how poor indoor air quality can affect your health, but how can it affect your home? You may notice squeaky floors, cracking furniture, and other issues with your belongings. Humid air or air that is too dry can adversely affect your home as well, and poor air circulation can decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. Implementing air filters and purifiers can help to circulate fresh air, along with dehumidification or humidification systems to make the climate of your home just right.