You depend on your home to provide you with the comfort and protection you need from the elements and hazards outside, but what you may not realize is that poor-quality air may be plaguing you with allergy symptoms, asthma attacks, and more. Fortunately, resolving poor indoor air quality issues doesn’t have to be extremely difficult or expensive. Here are three things you can do to improve your air quality without breaking the bank.
Open the Windows
This one may surprise people: if you’re trying to improve indoor air quality, why would you open your windows and let in the air from outside that’s usually not great itself (especially in the Los Angeles area)? What also surprises these people is that the air inside your home may actually be significantly worse than the air outside—up to several times poorer in fact. Opening your windows for five to ten minutes per day allows much of this poor-quality air that’s been circulating throughout your home to leave and be replaced with fresher, better-quality air.
Change Your Air Filter
Most people don’t pay nearly enough attention to the air filter in their heater and air conditioner. This small, inexpensive piece is located over the main air intake for your systems, and needs to be replaced or cleaned periodically to ensure maximum effectiveness. Depending on the environment in your home, most air filters should last three to six months, but smokers, pet owners, or those who frequently track in dust and debris from outside will find that their air filters will get dirty quickly and regularly need to be changed out.
Clean Your Floors Regularly
If you have carpet throughout your home, you may not realize just how much dust and debris has become lodged in the fibers beneath your feet. As you walk throughout your home, your feet compress some of this debris further into your carpet as well as introduce more of it and even kick old dust and debris up, causing it to enter and start swirling around in the air. Carpets that are filled with dirt and dust are usually a huge contributor to poor air quality, however you can reduce this possibility by regularly cleaning your floors. Vacuuming carpets and sweeping off hard floors helps pick up this layer of dirt and dust, preventing it from being kicked up.
If you’re continuing to struggle with poor air quality in your home, speak to a professional from JW Heating and Air by dialing (888) 376-1970. Our Los Angeles heating and air experts can help you choose the ideal solution for your needs.