The cold season can make your indoor air a bit unhealthy. With insufficient moisture in the air, your Artesia, NM home can become a breeding ground for sickness and allergies. No worries! Coats Plumbing and HVAC, LLC got you covered. Stay healthy indoors this winter with these tips from our HVAC specialists.
Be Proactive in Cleaning Your Home
Keeping your home clean and tidy should be on top of your priorities if you want to get your health under control. Clean all surfaces including the appliances, furniture and everything inside the household. Wash all beddings, duvets, and linens. Do this at least twice a week. Use hypoallergenic covers for mattresses to reduce the possibility of virus and allergens.
Proper ventilation is the key to comfort and health in the family. A well-ventilated home eliminates the risks of irritating pollutants, harmful gases like carbon monoxide and mold growth. Make sure to keep a well-designed ventilation system in the roof, attic, basement, walls, and floors. Seek professional help if you don’t feel comfortable with DIY jobs.
Clean air may still be dry. Humidifiers can be a simple fix to dry indoor air. Be sure to regulate your indoor humidity rate from 40% to 55% as too much moisture may result in condensation and mold spores. Use the humidifier only when necessary or when your heating system is on. Also, it will help to buy a quality hygrometer to control humidity.
Keep Your Heating Appliances in Check
Have your heating systems checked and serviced by professionals. Space heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, and other heating appliances perform at optimal efficiency with well-functioning parts and bearings. Clean the filters and duct system thoroughly.
Invest in HEPA Filters
Vacuuming is not enough to eliminate dirt and dust at home. You need high-quality filters to collect all dirt including pet hair and dander. If you are going to purchase a new vacuum, get one with HEPA filters to ensure up to 90% of dirt removal.
Other Important Reminders:
Fix drips and leaks in your ductwork. Check your smoke detectors and change batteries if needed. Avoid using hazardous chemicals on cleaning materials.
Keeping a healthy indoor must be first on your priorities this winter. If you are looking for a reputable company to help you deal with IAQ, you can trust Coats Plumbing and HVAC, LLC. Call or message us whenever you need our services.