Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in the Summer to Stay Healthy and Comfortable
The season’s change means the weather is changing, which can often lead to changes in your indoor air quality. In the summer, you may notice an increase in the amount of dust and pollen that gets indoors.
Also, in the summer people usually start spending more time indoors because the weather is warmer. Therefore, it is important to take steps to improve indoor air quality in the summer. There are fortunately a number of ways to do this.
CHANGE SEASONAL HABITS
One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality in the summer is to change your habits. This can include things like reducing the time spent in your home, changing your air filter regularly, having annual tune-ups for your air conditioner, and keeping a regular cleaning schedule.
When deciding where to clean, it’s important to remember that dust, dirt, and other allergens tend to accumulate in the lower layers of indoor air. This means that you’ll want to clean the lower sections of your home, including the floors, baseboards, and furniture. Once a month should be sufficient for cleaning these areas (or more often if you have pets).
USE NATURAL VENTILATION
One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality in the summer is to increase the amount of natural ventilation in your home when the weather outside cooperates. Natural ventilation simply means opening up the windows, or doors, to allow air to flow freely inside and outside of your home.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re not just opening the windows or doors, but that you’re increasing the amount of air moving around inside your home. This can be accomplished by simply setting up a fan or opening multiple windows and doors throughout your house to encourage airflow.
DO SOME DETECTIVE WORK
You can tell your indoor air quality is off in your Metro-East home, but you’re not entirely sure where to begin? You may want to do some detective work! This means looking closely at your home, to see what changes you can make that will improve the air flow.
Depending on where you notice the biggest issues, you may want to consider opening a window or door, or even rearranging furniture. Once you’ve identified the areas where you notice the most difference, you can make adjustments to improve the air flow in those areas.
INVEST IN IAQ
Finally, if you notice an increase in the amount of dust and pollen in your home, you’ll want to consider investing an indoor air quality product.
Please note, health effects may be experienced immediately or possibly years later if you’re exposed to indoor air pollutants, according to the EPA.
While outdoor air quality can vary widely from place to place, and even from moment to moment, indoor air quality is generally much more consistent and predictable. This means that, in general, you can plan ahead for how you’re going to keep your indoor air quality under control this summer.
To have your system professionally cleaned and maintained or to learn more about the products we offer to help improve indoor air quality in the summer (and throughout the year), contact us today. Call (618) 233-1018 or contact us online.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions from Ehret Inc. Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling
Luckily, you have the Ehret Inc. Heating & Cooling team on your side. Ehret is the Metro East HVAC contractor that places a special emphasis on indoor air quality, and we offer a number of different products to cleanse the air that you and your family are breathing. We offer air purifiers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air filtration systems to clean the air in your home. Some of the benefits of indoor air cleaners include:
- Better Breathing
- Better Sleep Quality
- Improved Moisture Control
- Elimination of Allergens
- Reduced Odors
- Reduced Energy Costs