Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are spending time inside their homes than they have in a long while. While this is a wise step to slow the coronavirus’s spread, we must ensure that our own homes are sanitary places to be.
A vital aspect of a home’s health is its indoor air quality. Microscopic contaminants, like bacteria and mold spores, can cause sickness and worsen existing respiratory illnesses. Additionally, every spring, pollen becomes a considerable problem for allergy sufferers. Even excessive dust and humidity can negatively affect your home and the health of those inside it.
Considering how much time we’re all spending cooped up at home, it’s time to consider these tips for improving the air we breathe indoors. Keep in mind that many of these air quality improvements can be used together, and everyone in your household should still follow the CDC’s recommendations for preventing illness.
Clean Your Floors
Keeping the floor clean is an easy way to enhance indoor air quality. This means you need to develop a habit of vacuuming your carpet twice a week. However, make sure your vacuum cleaner is equipped with a HEPA filter. These types of filters do a far better job of trapping microscopic particles. If your home has hardwood floors, mop them regularly.
Invest in an Air Filtration System
Your home’s HVAC system has a basic, built-in air filter, which helps collect dust. However, a central air filtration system can trap a more extensive array of airborne contaminants. Because these systems work in tandem with your HVAC system, they clean and filter the air before it circulates throughout your home.
UV Air Scrubber
If you want a more germicidal solution to protect your home better, consider getting a UV air scrubber installed in your HVAC system. It’s designed with special bulbs that produce ultraviolet light, specifically UV-C light. UV-C light can kill harmful microorganisms (such as a wide array of bacteria, mold, fungi, mildew, and viruses) on contact or render them unable to reproduce.
Maintain the Proper Humidity
Experts recommend keeping your indoor humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. High humidity promotes the growth of mold and mildew. When you’re cooking or taking a shower, always ventilate the room by running an exhaust fan or cracking a nearby window if you don’t have a fan. This simple measure will help reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
Allow Fresh Air to Come Inside
It’s a good idea to open your windows every so often. Not only will doing so allow fresh air to enter the house, but it also helps prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Cracking a window for just a few minutes a day can improve air quality.
At Roy's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer practical indoor air quality solutions and a range of options to meet each customer’s unique needs. Call us today at (716) 215-2678 or contact us online.