Fall is here, and as the weather cools off, we’ll be spending more and more time indoors. With closed windows to keep the cold out, you may find the air in your home feeling “stale” after a while. Even with your heating system circulating air throughout your home, indoor air pollutants like dust, dander, pollen, mildew, and other particulate matter will harm your home’s indoor air quality.
How can I improve the air quality in my home?
Many of these particulates may be introduced into our homes by ourselves or our families without realizing it. Below, we list some of the most common indoor air pollutants that you may be surprised by.
1. Ditch Artificial Fragrances
Even products boasting natural or green on the label can harm your indoor air quality. According to the National Institutes of Health, products featuring artificial scents emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Replace cleaning chemicals with DIY solutions such as lemon juice and salt or baking soda and white vinegar!
2. Switch Out the Scented Candles
It may be impossible to ask us to give up scented candles altogether — instead, opt for beeswax or soy-based candles instead of paraffin wax candles! Ordinary candles, typically made from paraffin wax, can emit carcinogens such as toluene and benzene.
3. Change Air Filters More Often
Since we aren’t opening the windows as much on cold days, maintaining your indoor air quality will fall to your HVAC system and any indoor air quality solutions you invest in for your home. Most manufacturers recommend changing out the air filter at least once every three months. If your air feels stale or if you sense an increase in allergy symptoms this fall, you may need to change your filter more often or seek alternative solutions.
Ready to start breathing easier? Call AC Express at (512) 866-5520 to schedule an appointment or speak to a member of our team today!