The importance of achieving and maintaining healthy indoor air quality is becoming a priority in many households across the country. Homeowners are actively seeking out ways to learn more about air quality threats and how to combat them. The summer months bring warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and other conditions that pose a challenge to home air quality. This article will provide you with some important info on steps you can take to protect your home air during the summer months.
Step #1 Change your air conditioner filters
Whether you have central air conditioning or a window unit, you should change or clean your filter once a month during the summertime. Your filter is responsible for not only trapping a number of outdoor air pollutants such as: pollen, smoke, smog, and dirt; they also filter out dust, dust mites, and pet dander that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in recirculated indoor air.
Step #2 Let fresh air in
The most effective way to circulate fresh air throughout your home is to open your windows. While it may be more difficult to do this during the summer months, try to open them as often as possible. Crack open windows during the evening hours once the sun has set or overnight on evenings when temperatures drop. Give your air conditioner a break on days when the thermostat does not reach uncomfortable highs.
Step #3 Choose your cleaning supplies wisely
Using a damp mop and microfiber dust cloth along with a HEPA filtered vacuum is the best way to effectively remove allergens and pollutants from surfaces in your home. Instead of sending these particles into the air by wiping them with a regular cloth or dry mop, use a cleaning product that will trap them. Clean windowsills, fan blades, and other hard surfaces frequently. Maintaining good dusting habits will help to limit mold growth during humid weather.
Step #4 Use natural methods to control bug problems
The spring and summer months are prime season for pest-control problems. Instead of using commercially available bug and insect control products containing dangerous chemical ingredients, focus on preventing pest problems and use natural products when necessary. Keep pests out of your home by caulking cracks where bugs enter, keeping trash bins tightly covered, and storing food in airtight containers. If you do see ants indoors, wipe and mop surfaces frequently to disrupt their trails and make sure there aren’t any crumbs or food left out on surfaces to attract them.