3 Ways to Keep Your Home Healthy

3 Ways to Keep Your Home Healthy

Low indoor air quality in your Tampa, Florida, home can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Indoor pollutants like mold, dust mites, pet dander, and household chemicals can also cause flu-like symptoms. Children, the elderly people, and those with existing health problems are more vulnerable if exposed to these contaminants. You can raise your indoor air quality and keep your home healthy by removing sources of pollution, increasing ventilation, and maintaining your HVAC system.

Removing Sources of Pollution

Eliminating the sources of indoor contaminants increases your indoor quality. Before you enter your home, leave your shoes at the door, so you don’t track in dirt, pollen, and other pollutants. Use natural cleaners instead of commercial cleaners or air fresheners with harmful chemicals, and make sure the lids on paint, pesticides, and other chemicals are closed tightly. Let newly dry-cleaned clothes air outside before you store them. You should also repair water damage from a leaky roof or pipe as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

Increasing Ventilation

If your home doesn’t have proper ventilation, contaminants can’t escape. Remove dust, dirt, pollen, and other pollutants while bringing fresh air into your home by having a mechanical ventilation and filtration system installed. Many ventilators also have a heat exchanger that works like a heat pump. It transfers energy from outgoing air to heat or cool incoming fresh air and minimizes your energy costs. You can choose a portable model or a whole-home system that connects to your ductwork.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Maintaining your HVAC system keeps indoor air quality high and your home healthy. Make sure you have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed (depending on the size and design of your home), and test it twice per year. Check your air filters once per month and change them when they get dirty. You should also have your system inspected by a professional at least once per year.

United Air Conditioning is a family-owned and -operated company that has served the Tampa Bay area since 1961. We can install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems to improve your indoor air quality. Call us anytime at 727-531-0496.

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