It’s no secret that fresh, clean air is ultimately important to our health. And it’s only natural to want to make sure that you and your family are breathing the freshest, cleanest indoor air possible. That’s especially true if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, or other health concerns. Here are steps to keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.
Keep Contaminants Out of Your Home
You can go a long way toward keeping your home’s indoor air cleaner and fresher simply by being careful about what you bring into your home in the first place. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your rugs and carpets clean. Carpeting and area rugs are magnets for small dirt particles, so frequent vacuuming and regular shampooing is always a good idea.
- Leave your shoes at the door. Shoes can drag all sorts of bacteria, dirt, and allergens inside. So leave those shoes at the door and save your carpets and rugs at the same time.
- Avoid harsh cleaning products. Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be irritants. Read labels and look for environmentally-friendly products. Or check out the list of safer products recommended by the EPA.
- Air your dry cleaning outside. The chemicals used in dry cleaning can be irritants. Leave new dry cleaning to air outside for an hour or so before bringing it inside.
- Change your HVAC filters. Regularly check and replace your heating and cooling filters. Not only will this extend the life of your HVAC system but it will help keep contaminants out of your indoor air.
Ventilation is Important
Everyone is familiar with opening a window to “air out a room.” It’s the simplest means of exchanging stale indoor air for fresher, outdoor air. How effective that is, of course, is dependent on the quality of the outdoor air. While opening a window is fine in many cases, keep in mind that doing so can also let in allergens or other pollutants, especially during spring allergy season. A better, more consistent way of ventilating your home, is with an HRV, or Heat Recovery Ventilator.
The Cadillac of Clean Indoor Air
You can be vigilant about keeping your home clean, well ventilated, and keeping contaminants out. But if you want the very best in clean indoor air, you’ll definitely want to consider installing an Electronic Air Cleaner or EAC. These units work electrostatically to capture particles of almost any size. That includes bacteria, mold spores, even tobacco and cooking smoke. An EAC will also grab larger particles like pet dander, pollen, and plain old dust bunnies.
Sound complicated? It’s not. An EAC is an economical investment, easily installed as part of your HVAC system. Plus, an EAC is quite easy to maintain. Some units use disposable filters, which need to be replaced about every six months. Others have what’s called “collector cells” that you remove, wash, and reinstall. Either way, it’s not a lot of work to ensure that your family is breathing the best indoor air you can provide.
Stay Comfy recommends Carrier’s Infinity Series Air Purifier. These units are reliable, efficient, and are backed by Carrier’s reputation for quality and service excellence. Need to find a reliable dealer? Just use our convenient dealer locator.