If you spend a lot of time indoors enjoying television with your family, avoiding excessive summer heat, or working on home improvement products, you're not alone. Most Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, and a lot of that time is at home. Improving your home's air quality probably isn't at the top of your list, but it should be.
Poor indoor air quality can exacerbate existing conditions, including asthma and allergies, and it may even make your family sick with another serious illness. Help ensure that your family's health isn't compromised by indoor air pollution, and instead, here are a few simple ways you can improve your home's air quality.
Invest in Quality Air Filters
One of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve the air quality in your home is to change the filters on your furnace and air conditioner—especially if they are several months old or of a lesser quality. Air filters are rated based on the MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, rating. The higher the MERV score, the more particulates and pollution your filter will capture.
For example, many hospitals will utilize filters that feature a MERV rating of at least 16. However, you need to purchase a filter that you can afford and that will eliminate as many pollutants as possible while not compromising the efficiency of your HVAC unit. If you purchase a filter with a high MERV rating, it requires more power to push air through the filter, which can make it difficult for your HVAC system to run properly.
Instead, contact HomeSmart to speak with a home comfort specialist who can provide a free installation estimate and can help you determine which air filter is the best for your needs, budget and HVAC system.
Become a Clean Freak
You may consider yourself a neat freak, but sometimes, you need to go the extra mile to reduce the allergens throughout your home. Here are a few simple cleaning tips that can help you improve your home's air quality:
- Invest in a new vacuum. If you don't have one already, invest in a vacuum with a HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, filter. Vacuum all your carpets at least twice a week to reduce the number of allergens that become trapped in the fibers.
- Sweep often. In addition to vacuuming, make sure to sweep your floors several times a week. Pay special attention to the areas in front of your doors. These areas are where the allergens found outside can be carried into your home.
- Grab a damp rag. Instead of grabbing a feather duster, wipe off the surfaces throughout your home with a damp rag. Feather dusters simply move the dust in your home into your air. A damp rag will actually eliminate the dust and dust mites.
- Wash your sheets often. The average mattress is home to anywhere from 1 to 10 million dust mites. Washing your sheets at least once a week on a hot setting will help keep these numbers down.
Additionally, don't forget to wipe down your blinds and drapes weekly, as well. This chore will help reduce the numbers of allergens and dust mites, as well.
Maintain a Healthy Moisture Level
Ideally, your home should maintain a humidity level of between 40 and 50 percent. Purchasing a quality home humidifier can help keep the moistures levels in check, but you still can't be sure if your home is at the ideal humidity level with this product alone.
The best way to monitor the moisture levels inside your house is with a hygrometer. A hygrometer is an inexpensive tool that can be purchased at home hardware and home improvement stores and is used to monitor the humidity inside of your home.
After installing the hygrometer in your home, adjust the dehumidifier, as needed, until your home features a humidity between 40 and 50 percent.
For a free estimate on a new home humidifier, contact HomeSmart at 1-866-837-9762 to set up an appointment for a free estimate with a home comfort consultant.
Purchase an Air Purifier
One of the most effective ways to eliminate allergens inside of your home is with an air purifier. There are several air purifiers available, including whole house models that are attached to your HVAC system, or portable units that can be moved to different areas of your home.
The type of air purifier that is best for your needs is dependent upon several factors, including the type of filtration system featured on the unit and your budget. A HEPA air purifier is a great option for many homeowners because they are so effective at removing several different types of particulates.
Another option is a UV air purifier. These types of purifiers are often combined with a HEPA filtration system that eliminates particulates from the air and kills several different types of airborne viruses and bacteria.
If you aren't sure which type of air purifier is best for your needs and budget, don't hesitate to contact HomeSmart to set up a free appointment with a home comfort consultant, 1-866-837-9762.
Improving your home's air quality is critical, especially if someone in your household is suffering with allergies or asthma. If you have any further questions about how you can eliminate allergens throughout your home, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Home Smart Colorado.