The scorching Las Vegas heat means air conditioners work full-time which, in turn, means your house is sealed up for months on end. This results in a host of indoor air pollutants like animal dander, dust mites and pollen being trapped inside. These pollutants can exacerbate allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments for people with such conditions. Children, in particular, can be seriously affected by indoor irritants.
The top offenders of poor indoor air quality are chemicals, particulates and mold. The EPA offers a bunch of suggestions on improving your home’s indoor air quality. Top recommendations include updating your home’s ventilation, purifying the inside air and controlling the source of pollutants.
Eco-Friendly Ways to Combat Indoor Air Pollution
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but these DIY measures will go a long way toward easier breathing for everyone:
- Replacing or Cleaning Your HVAC Consider replacing a standard filter with one designed to remove more contaminants. Filters that have deep pleats or are electrostatic are better at trapping more particles, but should also be cleaned regularly.
- Use Green Cleaning Products. Use environmentally-friendly cleaners in place of those with abrasive chemicals. There are plenty of natural alternatives for cleaning your home, so ditch those that contain bleach and ammonia whenever possible.
- Allergy-Proof Bedrooms. Encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows in covers designed to keep dust mites and animal dander at bay. Use hot water when washing bedclothes weekly and set to high heat when drying.
- Vacuum Regularly. Vacuums are great for sucking up dust and dander that settles on carpets, furniture and other household surfaces. If you have carpeting, a full-sized model is ideal for deep cleaning and typically comes with HEPA filters.
- Ventilate and Clean Air Ducts. All indoor pollutants can be exacerbated by poor home ventilation, so it’s a good idea to regularly have your home’s ducts cleaned by a professional. You can also improve ventilation by equipping kitchens and baths with ventilation fans to remove moisture which can lead to mold growth. To avoid structural damage, all ventilation fans should be vented to the outside, not to the attic or crawl space.
Remove Indoor Air Pollution with an Air Duct Cleaning
The steps above are great ways to combat indoor air pollution, but sometimes you need a professional to take your DIY tactics to the next level. In particular, air duct cleaning requires special equipment and trained technicians to do a thorough job for optimal results. Instant Air is here to help. Contact us today by calling (702) 385-2665 to learn more about our air duct cleaning services, book your appointment and get one step closer to breathing easier!