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The Gift of Clean Air: How to Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

It’s only natural that we gravitate towards spending the majority of our time indoors during the winter months. Few things are more comforting than sitting bundled up next to a toasty fire, enjoying a classic holiday movie with friends and family.

We feel safest in our own homes, as we should. But what if we told you that your indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air? And that’s a pretty hefty accusation, being that smog, exhaust from vehicles, acid rain and more, is in that very outdoor air. Ridden with dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, mold, chemical contaminants, and pet dander, your poor indoor air quality could pose health risks and respiratory problems.

Insulating and sealing our homes in the winter only invites the harmful pollutants to continue building up. Because of energy conservation, our houses are more airtight than ever. What can we do, then, if our houses don’t allow for a healthy flow? There are several things you can do to improve your indoor air quality, which we discuss below:

Use Safe Cleaning Products & Clean Often

When is the last time you bothered researching the ingredients found in the cleaning supplies you use? Avoid using harsh cleaners, solvent-based cleaners, and cleaners that have strong fragrances. The most dangerous household cleaners are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Click here for a guide to safe cleaning products.

It’s no surprise to us that people dislike cleaning. However, as much as you dread it, forgoing cleaning puts you at risk for getting sick. When you don’t clean, dust and other harmful particulate matter builds up on your furniture, drapes, counters, and floors. Consider switching to safer cleaning products such as Mrs. Meyers Clean Day household products.

Reduce Colds & Allergies with an Air Purifier

Some of us know colds and allergies all too well. These are two of the most common health problems related to poor indoor air quality. If you’re tired of sporting Rudolph’s red nose then have a professional technician install an air purifier in your home! Air purifiers work to remove the dust, smoke, pollen, pet dander, and all the other harmful particulate matter, reducing your chances of getting sick. Call Universal Home Experts at (713) 364-0226 to speak with a professional about indoor air cleaners and purifiers!

Replace Air Filters Regularly

When the weather becomes cold and formidable, you want your home to be a safe space where you can cozy up on the couch. But if you want to see to it that you are warm and cozy, your heating system will have to run constantly. A heating system that’s always working requires regular maintenance so that it doesn’t go kaput. This means changing the air filters regularly so that dust, dirt, and other debris doesn’t build up inside, forcing these harmful pollutants back inside into the air you breathe.

Replacing your air filter is not only important for maintaining safe indoor air quality levels, but also for extending the useful life of your heating and cooling equipment. Besides scheduling regular professional maintenance, changing your air filter is probably the best thing you can do for your HVAC unit.

Check your air filter every 30 days and wait no longer than 90 days to replace it. You can quickly test if your air filter needs to be replaced by holding it up to the light and observing if any light passes through. A dirty air filter will block most or all of the light passing through.