Maintaining optimal indoor air quality is particularly important during spring allergy season in Baldwin County. Each of the rooms in your home has specific air quality issues that should be addressed to improve the overall quality of the air in your home. This guide will help you improve your indoor air, room by room.
This is usually the most heavily used room in a home, and it can be a magnet for allergens.
- Vacuum your living room and upholstery at least once a week to remove dust and dander.
- Have your fireplace and chimney inspected every year to prevent carbon monoxide leaks.
Humidity in your bathrooms can cause serious air quality issues.
- Use your exhaust fan when you shower to help eliminate moisture and prevent mold growth. Allow the fan to run for 10 minutes after you’re done.
- Ventilate well when you’re using aerosol sprays like deodorant and hair spray, which contain chemicals that decrease air quality.
The dead skin cells you shed as you sleep are food for microscopic dust mites, whose debris is a potent allergen.
- Wash your bedding in hot water every week to kill dust mites. You may have up to 2 million of these microscopic arachnids in your bed.
- Vacuum your mattress, closet and bedroom weekly.
- Use allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers to prevent dust mites from getting inside your bedding.
The kitchen probably contains the most gaseous chemical contaminants in your home.
- Keep your kitchen clean to control pests. Use natural deterrents whenever possible.
- Use nontoxic cleaning solutions to reduce chemical contaminants in your air.
- Keep your gas stove in good condition. Vent it directly outside if possible.
Air leaks, stored chemicals and moisture take a toll on your basement’s air quality.
- Properly store chemicals to prevent VOCs from entering your air.
- Install a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth.
- Test for radon and call a professional if unsafe levels are detected.
- Maintain your HVAC equipment to prevent carbon monoxide leaks.
For more expert advice to ensure your home has optimal air quality, please contact us at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. We have served the Mobile area with a high level of customer satisfaction since 1964.