Home air pollution can be a significant problem for residents here in the Greater Cleveland area. And you don't need to live in an industrial area to have indoor pollution. Many sources of poor indoor air quality seem perfectly harmless, including pets, cleaning products and even our carpets.
The good news: You can improve your indoor air quality with these simple tips:
- Vacuum your carpet and rugs weekly. Do the drapes and upholstered furnishings monthly to fight dust mites and pet dander. Use a machine with a HEPA filter to avoid recirculating dust and carpet particles. Individuals with allergies may breathe easier with bare floors. Brush or wash your pet outdoors each week to keep pet dander in check.
- Improve fresh-air circulation with a whole-house ventilation and air purification system. This will help to ensure proper airflow throughout your home while screening out pollen and other contaminants. Pollen counts peak between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so it pays to keep windows closed during that time. Remove your shoes before entering the house to keep pollen particles outside.
- Replace your home comfort system's air filter as recommended. A dirty, clogged filter can't do its job of trapping harmful particles and removing them from your indoor air. A clean filter will also protect the inner workings of your home comfort equipment from buildup of dirt and dust. Standard filters are often best replaced monthly.
- Set your whole-house humidity control system to a 35 percent to 45 percent humidity level most of the year. This will both discourage mold growth and prevent overly dry air that can irritate your nasal passages. Keep your heating and cooling system clean, free of leaks and mold, and in good working order with regular preventive maintenance service.
- Consider scheduling a professional Home Performance Assessment with your local contractor. These professional assessments identify problems and offer solutions to improve your indoor air quality and home energy efficiency.
Questions about home air pollution? Talk to the professionals at P.K.Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We're happy to offer expert advice as well as a full line of air cleaning products and services.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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