Poor indoor air quality can exasperate your existing breathing issues or make it harder for others to breathe easily while in your home. Poor indoor air quality can also result in your living room or bedroom smelling like smoke or mildew. Therefore, it is important to know what causes indoor air pollution and what you can do to stop it.
Are You Vacuuming the Carpet on a Regular Basis?
Unfortunately, carpets can do a great job of retaining dust, pollen, and other pollutants that can make their way into the air each time that they are stepped on. They can also do a good job of retaining water and other forms of moisture, such as spilled wine or soda.
Failing to clean a wet carpet in a timely manner can result in mold growth. Mold spores could spread throughout your house and cause a room to smell like mildew. Ideally, you will vacuum your carpets on a weekly basis and have them professionally cleaned on a yearly basis.
Are Your Home’s Air Ducts Clean?
As air flows through a duct, it can transport dust and other material that has accumulated inside of it. In many cases, these particles are transported throughout the house with little effort and in a short period of time.
It is a good idea to have your home’s ducts cleaned on an annual basis to ensure that only fresh air is being sent to your bedroom or to your child’s playroom. The folks at J Martin in Yorba Linda can clean ducts and perform indoor air quality assessments to make your home as comfortable as possible.
Have You Changed Your Air Filter Recently?
It is a good idea to change the air filter in your furnace every three months or so. This ensures that they can take as much dirt and dust out of the air as possible. If an air filter becomes clogged, it will cause contaminants to settle on the heater itself or simply float through the air.
Whenever you change an air filter, make a note of the date that you did so on a calendar or on the component itself. Doing so makes it harder to forget to change it again within 90 days or whenever it needs to be replaced.
Keep Your Pets Properly Groomed
Pet hair and dander can contribute to poor air quality in your home. If you are even slightly allergic to animals, these contaminants can result in breathing, skin, and other health issues.
Fortunately, it may be easier to coexist with an animal by taking it to the groomer on a regular basis. This can reduce the amount of fur or hair that the animal sheds on carpets, furniture, and other surfaces. Regularly cleaning your pets can also remove pollen, dust, and dirt that may stick to their fur after they’ve gone on a walk or been playing outside.
Smoke Can Be Problematic
Regardless of whether it comes from a cigarette or was the byproduct of a house fire, smoke can cause air pollution. Smoke particles can linger in the air for hours or days, and they can cause significant damage to any surfaces that they land on. In addition, smoke can create an overpowering odor that may be hard to get rid of unless your house is thoroughly cleaned.
Professional cleaners may be able to get rid of creosote, which is a byproduct of burning wood or coal. This highly flammable material can ignite with little warning, which can cause more damage and pollute the air at the same time.
Poor Air Circulation Can Cause Pollution
If your home doesn’t have adequate ventilation, moist air could be trapped in an attic, a garage, or a basement. In addition to creating ideal conditions for mold growth, moisture can attract insects, rodents, and other pests. These pests could leave droppings throughout your home that may be tainted with harmful contaminants. In some cases, the dust that is created by these droppings can be picked up and transported throughout your residence.
J Martin offers a wide range of HVAC services throughout Yorba Linda, including air conditioner and heating system installations. We can also install whole-home fans as well as zoned temperature systems to improve the comfort and air quality of your interior spaces. If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, call J Martin today to learn more about how we can help!