The indoor air quality is often much worse than the air outside due to pollution from household cleaners, fresheners, home appliances, furniture, new carpets, or paints. Contaminants, fumes, and allergens can also trickle in from the outside. The heat and humidity of Frisco, Texas, creates ideal conditions for allergens and biological growth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to protect your family’s health and keep your indoor air fresh this summer. Here are four tips for improving the quality of the air inside your home.
Keep It Moving
Open windows and use fans as often as you can to let fresh air in. Proper ventilation is especially important after replacing carpets or cabinets. If you live in an area with high industrial pollution and allergens in the air, consider the trickle ventilation option, which is a special window screen with additional filters to help keep pollutants out of your home.
Use Your AC
Hot and humid weather is a perfect environment for biological growth development. When it’s muggy, remember to use your AC system not only to cool down but also to remove allergens and contaminants from the air and to keep the humidity down.
If your family is sensitive to chemicals, consider natural materials for your home furnishings. Choose cleaning products, paints, and floor polishes that are fragrance-free and have no or low VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Don’t forget about nature’s air purifiers ― houseplants. According to NASA, one plant is capable of purifying up to 100 square feet of space.
Keep It Clean
If you detect an unpleasant odor in your house, look for the source and clean it up instead of using air fresheners. Use essential oils or flowers to give your house the scent you like.
Remember that regular maintenance of your HVAC system is essential for the air quality inside your home. Contact our air professionals at Lex Air Conditioning and Heating at (972) 217-8955 to test your indoor air quality and to learn about other ways of improving it.