Between outdoor activities, sports, and social events, most of the summer is typically spent going from inside to outside and back again, multiple times throughout the day. Every time they enter your house, your family members will be tracking in a lot of dirt, dander, mold, and pollen from trees, grasses, weeds, and other allergens. Combine this with the fact that your home’s air already features up to 10 times the levels of pollutants as the air outside, and it’s a recipe for awful air quality that can affect your health in several ways, from difficulty breathing to deadly asthma attacks.
Top Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
Follow these tips to improve the indoor air quality of your home:
- Inspect your air filter monthly. Your HVAC system works hard during the summer to keep your home comfortable, and this means your air filter accumulates more debris than during other times of the year. Check it every month to determine if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. You should also consider making the switch to a higher MERV filter to better control contaminants and reduce symptoms of summer allergies.
- Install a whole-house humidifier. Whole-house humidifiers are high-capacity units connected to your HVAC system to remove excess moisture from the air throughout your home as it cycles through the system. Although your system does help reduce moisture, the high levels of humidity during the summer often require additional assistance.
- Keep your floors clean. Summertime is a busy season for most people, and your family is likely running in and out of the house constantly. Every time they come in for a cool drink or to reapply sunscreen, they are tracking pollen, airborne toxins, and other allergens inside, as well. These substances can quickly accumulate on your floors, causing anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Keep your floors as clean as possible by instituting a “no shoes in the house” rule, wiping off your pets’ paws when they come inside, vacuuming weekly, and frequently mopping high-traffic areas.
Improve Your Air Quality Today
If you have tried all the methods above and are still experiencing poor air quality in your home, contact Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Air today. Our team of dedicated plumbers has the experience, skills, and latest technology to efficiently take care of any of your HVAC issues. We can also save you money by replacing your system with a newer and more energy-efficient model that prevents excess waste and reduces your monthly cooling costs.