It's been four months since our Governor first shut our state down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While many businesses have reopened in some capacity, there are still a large number of people who are choosing to stay-in-place and limit their exposure to the outside world. As such, we've all gotten a little too comfortable chilling out at home.
Many of our customers shared with us how they went into quarantine with grand ambitions of how they'd finally deep clean the house or learn how to cook a few new recipes or get their kid caught up with school now that they finally have the time. But let's all be honest with each other. How many times have you really deep-cleaned your home? Are you continuing to learn new recipes or did you get burned out from cooking every single night of the week? And your kid? Tell me that they haven't become the world's greatest gamer over the past couple of months and we'll call you a liar.
So, we may not all have set the "world on fire" like we hoped we would. Now let's talk about your indoor air quality. If you approached your air quality with the same vigor that you did this pandemic, what condition is it in now? Today we'll talk about three ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your Cary HVAC.
What affects indoor air quality?
Most of us don't give much thought to the quality of the air we breathe indoors - at least we didn't until COVID-19 made us think about how that air could spread disease.
According to the EPA, "Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations." Considering the heat index this week, we agree that we're all spending more time indoors. It's just too hot!
However, being indoors isn't necessarily healthier, and we're seeing that play out repeatedly as our country discusses how being outdoors in the open air poses less of a risk when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus. Not only is there the concern of virus spread within indoor settings, but there are a number of indoor pollutants that can wreak havoc on our health. We're even finding that certain indoor pollutants have increased recently due to the increase of energy-efficient building construction and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. We may think we're doing a better job of cleaning our homes, but we have negatively affected our indoor air quality.
How can you improve your Cary HVAC's indoor air quality?
There are a number of ways you can improve the air quality within your Cary HVAC. Some are quite simple, while others may require professional installation. Let's talk about the things you can do that won't break the bank.
1. Give your home a deep clean
Since it's too hot to spend much time outdoors, now is a great time to give your home a thorough clean. We're not talking about managing the daily mess your kids create. We're talking about cleaning your home from top to bottom. Vacuum and mop your floors. Rotate your mattresses. Move your furniture and appliance to get rid of any dust bunnies that may have accumulated. Deep cleaning will almost instantly improve the air quality of your home.
We absolutely hate dusting, but it is so critical when it comes to improving indoor air quality and should be done constantly. Pay attention to how much dust accumulates on your furniture and window seals each week. Dust is going to settle regardless (usually right after you completely dusted the house), but if you find that you've got more dust than usual, it could be coming from your Cary HVAC system.
When was the last time you changed your air filters? Air filters won't catch as much dust and pollutants if they are dirty, so you may need to change those out. Additional dust could also be a sign that your furnace isn't working properly or that your ducts have accumulated dirt that is now moving through your air supply. Start with your air filters and see where that takes you. If changing those out doesn't solve the problem, you may want to call in the professionals.
3. Take your shoes off
Did your mom ever tell you to take your shoes off at the door before coming inside? Did you think she was just a nag until you started telling your own kids to take their shoes off! Our shoes are quite possibly some of the dirtiest, germiest things we can bring into our home (minus your phone). Consider all the places your shoes have been. Do you really want all of that grossness tracked through your home? Nope. So, take your shoes off at the door! Not only will your mama be proud, but you'll be improving the air quality of your Cary HVAC.
Do you need help improving the indoor air quality of your Cary HVAC? Call Choice HVAC in Cary today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled technicians.