Around this time of year, pollen in the greater Hartford area can be overwhelming, especially for allergy sufferers. Unfortunately, the air inside your home can often be just as, if not more, polluted than the air outdoors. Luckily, much of the stress caused by indoor contaminants such as pollen and dust can be relieved using these allergy-proofing methods:
- Clean your home routinely by dusting, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. If your vacuum doesn’t have a HEPA filter, consider upgrading.
- Remove accessible mold using water and detergent. Wear gloves and goggles for safety.
- Consider replacing old carpeting with hardwood floors and old curtains with blinds or shades. This will help reduce the buildup of excess contaminants such as dust and pollen.
- Improve ventilation in your home using natural methods such as open windows or exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. For optimal results, consider a whole-house ventilation method such as an energy recovery ventilator.
- Consider some method of air purification. For optimal results, look for air cleaners that address particulates, gaseous vapors and microorganisms.
- Inspect your filters on a month-to-month basis. Clean and change as needed (at least every three months).
- Monitor humidity with a hygrometer and consider a room or whole-house dehumidifier to keep humidity levels at a comfortable, healthy level. If you air is too dry, consider a humidification system.
- Schedule routine professional maintenance to ensure that your system is cleaned thoroughly and adjusted for optimal performance; this will improve air quality and reduce household energy consumption.
To learn more about the benefits of improving indoor air quality, speak to one of our trained technicians. Not only will we answer your questions, we will get you back on the path to efficiency by setting up a routine professional maintenance schedule. For more information, contact Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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