Indoor Air Quality Tips
How’s the air in there? Your house, that is. Clean air is something that can easily be overlooked with everything that tracks dust and allergens through your house. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take to insure clean air inside.
Standard Furnace Filters: We expect them to clean the air, but what they do best is just prevent pet hair and dust bunnies from damaging the furnace blower. However, it’s wise to change that filter every month or so.
Electrostatic Home Filters: These come with plastic or metal strips that generate static electricity when air is pulled through them. They do a good job, but require monthly cleaning. Even then, they are difficult to keep clean.
Portable or Professionally Installed Electronic Air Cleaners:
These filter systems are really good. However, they also tend to be high-maintenance. Be sure to occasionally check your Ozone levels in your house.
Duct Cleaning: Tis easy. Just take the ol’ vacuum cleaner to all ducts. Do this regularly. There is more dust inside your home than outside. Ponder on that!
When to clean your ducts:
- If you suffer allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.
- If you experience frequent headaches, nasal congestion, or itchy eyes.
- If you have a smoker living in the home.
- If you have animals with hair.
- If you detect a musty or stale odor when the furnace runs.
- If you notice dust on your furniture shortly after you clean.
- If your furnace uses a standard filter.