While the average homeowner may not think about the air quality in their home too often, the quality of your home’s air can affect how you feel, how comfortable you are, and how much you spend monthly. Poor air quality can take a toll on your household all year long, so it’s important to understand the effects of poor air quality and how to avoid it altogether.
Effects On Your Health
Especially during the winter months, if your home’s air quality is poor it can have a negative effect on your health. If your home’s air is too dry during the winter, it’s much easier for airborne viruses to spread among your household, affecting everyone who lives there. Poor air quality also contributes to allergies and hay fever due to the number of allergens, dust, fur, and debris that is carried in the air. Most importantly, however, those with asthma and other respiratory illnesses and conditions can find their symptoms heightened and worsened by an environment with poor air quality.
Effects On Your Wallet
If your home’s air quality isn’t up to par, your furnace is more likely to become clogged with dirt, dust, and debris. A clogged furnace has to work harder to keep a home warm despite its inner turmoil. This will begin to cost you more on utility bills and potential repair bills in the long run, meaning you literally pay to have poor air quality.
Effects On Your Comfort
One of the worst repercussions of poor air quality (usually found in extreme cases) is the potential presence of pests brought on by an excess of humidity, mould, dirt, or dust. If your home is particularly humid or musty, this could invite pests such as cockroaches, mosquitos, dust mites, and even more detrimental: mice and rats. The presence of pests due to poor air quality can be harmful to those with allergies, young children, and older people. Pests can also be a cause of illness in the household.
How To Raise Your Home’s Air Quality
Fortunately, there are several ways in which your home’s air quality can be improved, several of which are very cost-effective and simple. To improve poor home air quality, you should:
- Change your standard 1” furnace filter at least once every 60 days, but check to make sure that it’s clean once every 30. You may have to change the filter more often, especially if you have pets in your household.
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop regularly
- Clean vent openings regularly
- Wash rugs, blankets, drapes, and other textiles often
- Keep pets well-groomed
- Invest in a humidifier if needed
- Invest in a dehumidifier if needed
- Schedule annual preventative maintenance for your furnace
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