Even though winter usually persists into spring in our region, by the time February rolls around, we’re thinking about spring cleaning and other warm weather tasks. We’re betting air purification isn’t on the top of your list of spring tasks, but maybe it should be. After all, February is named after a Roman festival of purification, Februum, so what could be more appropriate?
Why Your Home Needs Air Purification
All winter long, your house has remained closed up tight, with airborne pollutants accumulating in greater numbers unless you have an exhaust ventilation system. Your home’s air is likely much more polluted than air outside, in fact. Some of the pollutants that may have taken up residence in your home are these:
- mold spores
- pet dander
- volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- dust mites
Airborne pollutants in sufficient quantities can aggravate allergies, irritate the linings of your respiratory tract and even trigger asthma attacks.
How to Keep Your Air Cleaner
You may never totally eliminate all the airborne particulates in your home, but you can keep them under control, winter or summer. Here are some suggestions:
Mold: Keep it from colonizing your home by eliminating damp conditions, particularly plumbing and ceiling leaks.
Pollen: Brush off clothes before entering the home, or else change them once you’re inside. Sequester pollen-bearing plants in one room during the time they’re giving off pollen and keep the door closed.
Pet dander: Brush pets outdoors. Bathe them as frequently as is recommended.
VOCs: Air out dry cleaning, textiles and pressed wood products before bringing them into the home. Keep household chemicals capped, or move them into the garage. Buy natural products whenever possible.
Dust: Take off shoes at the door. Vacuum frequently with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.
Dust mites: Wash linens in hot water. Vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs and carpets with a HEPA filter. Eliminate damp conditions. Keep the humidity lower.
It could be an air purification system is your best bet for cleaning your home’s air. Call Aggressive Mechanical Contractors and we’d be glad to tell you more.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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