Indoor air quality is often related to outdoor air quality, particularly this time of year. While some sources of allergic reactions originate within the home, many actually infiltrate from outside. Given the tiny size of airborne particulates like pollen and mold spores, it’s not hard to imagine how millions can enter the house every time an exterior door or window is opened. Because our energy-efficient homes are built to be very air-tight and have minimal air exchange, airborne contaminants tend to be sealed inside and may accumulate to troublesome levels. Forecasters note the arrival of an early spring in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this year. Early blooming trees combined with gusty winds means abundant airborne allergens are available this season and extra preventive measures may be required.
Here are nine steps to improve indoor air quality by eliminating common sources of allergens from your Dallas home:
- Install germicidal ultraviolet lights in your HVAC system. Simple filtration doesn’t neutralize many living organisms that may trigger allergies. UV light continuously destroys airborne microorganisms like pollen and mold as air circulates through the ducts.
- Remove your shoes and wear house slippers indoors to avoid tracking dirt and dust into the home.
- Throw out kitchen sponges after a week. Sponges become bacterial breeding grounds and bacteria spores migrate into the air.
- Dehumidify household air in summer to deprive indoor mold of the moist environment it needs to thrive. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining humidity between 30 percent and 50 percent for healthful indoor air quality.
- Wash bedding weekly in hot water at a temperature of at least 130 degrees to kill dust mites, a major indoor airborne allergen.
- Dust with microfiber cloths instead of dusting chemicals. These products produce allergic response in susceptible individuals.
- Consider installing a whole-house filter in your HVAC system. These units utilize high-efficiency pleated filters to clean all the air in the home as it circulates through the ducts.
- Reduce clutter in the home that collects the dust that is frequently stirred up in the air by normal household activities.
- Replace your standard system air filter monthly. You’ll not only benefit from improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency will also increase.
Since 1955, AirRite Air Conditioning Company has kept the homeowners of Dallas/Fort Worth in cool comfort and healthful indoor air quality all summer long. Ask us for more suggestions about reducing the load of airborne allergens in your home to make this season more comfortable than ever.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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