Indoor Air Quality Tips to Combat Seasonal Changes
With the arrival of spring comes a heavy dose of rain and the corresponding allergy season. Homeowners throughout the Atlanta area will also find themselves grappling with the effects of these seasonal shifts inside the house. To ensure that your family continues breathing easy, follow these indoor air quality tips to keep the negatives of new seasons at bay.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that homeowners control the sources of indoor air pollution to combat the changes in season. This process involves ventilating your home properly. If kitchen and bathroom fans do not vent outside, this move is an excellent place to start. Opening windows when the weather is nice will also allow fresh air in to push pollutants out.
Change Air Filters
A simple and inexpensive way to impact the quality of indoor air is to change the filters in your HVAC system. Depending on the suggested time frame recommended by the manufacturer, you may need to change filters once every 2 months and even more frequently - every 4 to 6 weeks - in periods when you run the system often.
Seasonal Duct Cleaning
A buildup of dust particles and other allergens can make ductwork a prime suspect for poor indoor air quality. Consider a seasonal duct cleaning to cut down on the buildup of dust, which combines with pollen to make allergy sufferers miserable. This whole-house remedy can be a quick way to improve indoor air quality.
Increases in rainfall usually accompany the start of spring as well as the change from summer to fall in subtropical climates like Atlanta’s. Excess moisture in the basement or attic of your home may contribute to the growth of mildew and mold if the moisture goes unnoticed. Local or whole-house dehumidifiers can help you fight back against the encroaching dampness in your home. Sensors inside dehumidifiers are one tool you can use to monitor the moisture levels in your home’s basement and living space.
Upgrade Your Home’s Air Cleaner
The advances in air purification have been remarkable in recent years. Products such as whole-house filtration systems and ultraviolet lamps that kill airborne fungi and microbes are just a few of the tools at your disposal to improve air quality.
These indoor air quality tips are a good place to begin, but if you find the problem lingers, you’ll need to call a pro for help. Casteel’s indoor air quality services range from filtration and purification to humidity control and microbe elimination. When seasons change and your home’s air is threatened by allergens and dampness, Casteel can provide a full-scale remedy.