Improve the air you breathe with 4 simple steps

Little do many people know; the air in most households is far from healthy and optimal for breathing. Despite being invisible, there are currently millions of microscopic particles in your home, the vast majority of which came in through your ductwork.

Of course, dirt, dust, and debris also enter through opened doors and windows, but in most cases, mediocre HVAC systems are the main source of indoor air contamination. It goes without saying that poor air quality poses numerous health risks. Everything from eye irritation to increased fatigue, allergies, and recurring headaches has been attributed to the inhalation of bacteria-laden air.

People suffering from respiratory illnesses are clearly at a much higher risk, but it needs to be noted that some airborne pollutants have even been known to cause life-threatening health conditions such as cancer. Therefore, here are some ways you can drastically improve the quality of the air in your home, and thus safeguard your family from those nasty contaminants!

Make your air breathe-worthy once more

1. Use the right vacuum – specifically a bagless model that features a high level of suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter. The latter is perhaps the most important of all. These filters are made to capture over 99% of airborne contaminants, including dust mites, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and other harmful particles. As such, you should always make sure your furnace filter is a HEPA mode, too. Vacuuming regularly is an excellent way to minimize the quantity of pollutants.

2. Mop afterwards – for hardwood, vinyl, and stone floors, vacuuming alone is simply not enough to capture all of the debris in your house. The good news is you only need to use warm water (cleaners are not necessary), but a solution of equal parts water and vinegar is ideal for sanitizing your floors and killing bacteria. When buying a mop, make sure to choose a microfiber model, as these types are designed to attract and hold dirt and dust better.

3. Use doormats – remind guests to take their shoes off at the door, and lay a quality doormat at each entryway. This will significantly reduce the amount of dirt tracked in from outdoors, and ultimately help to maintain your indoor air quality.

4. Keep your HVAC system healthy – compromised ductwork, clogged air filters, and malfunctioning furnaces all lead to one thing, a large amount of contaminated air that is not safe for breathing. Semi-annual system maintenance is critical for many reasons, this being one of them.

Get in touch with Walnut Creek Heating and Cooling today to schedule an inspection of your home’s HVAC system. Our technicians will inspect every part of your air conditioner and furnace to ensure it is performing at peak condition. They may even recommend the installation of an air purifier, something that can be determined during the initial consultation.

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