Your Myrtle Beach home is a beautiful place to live. It’s where you spend time with your family, cook, sleep, and even work. That’s why keeping the indoor air quality is vital for the overall comfort of you and your family. Learn more about how to improve your home’s indoor air quality, and contact TNT Heating & Air for air quality testing and other HVAC services.
To protect the quality of your home’s air, the best thing you can do is to keep up a regular cleaning schedule. There are a variety of particles that float around in the air, but those particles will start to settle on your floors, surfaces, furniture, and other belongings. By sweeping and mopping or vacuuming your floors, dusting hard surfaces, washing materials made of fabric, and wiping down appliances and plumbing fixtures on a regular basis, you’re trapping and eliminating a variety of allergens, pollutants, and even odors that can otherwise get kicked back up into the air.
Change Filters on Time
Your HVAC system is designed to filter the air that it circulates through your home. Over time, this filter builds up with dust, debris, and other allergens. After a while, the filter can only trap so much of these pollutants and, without changing the filter, it will not only clog your HVAC filtration system but will also leave more allergens in the air. Changing the air filter regularly is especially important if you have pets.
As a general rule, this is how often air filters should be changed:
- Living alone without pets: every six to 12 months
- Living with a family or roommates: every three months
- Living with one dog or cat: every two months
- Living with multiple pets OR if you have allergies: monthly
This may seem too frequent to change air filters, but many hardware stores and wholesale outlets sell air filters in bulk for affordable prices. It’s worth it for you to be able to breathe comfortably in your home and for your HVAC system to work more efficiently.
Purchase an Air Purifier
On top of your HVAC system, you can also invest in an air purifier to help improve your home’s indoor air quality. This helps cut down on indoor allergens that you are sensitive to, such as dust and pet dander. To be most effective, air purifiers should be placed in larger, more open areas of your home to capture the largest amount of allergens possible.
If you live in a large home or have multiple floors, consider investing in an air purifier for each main area or floor to help eliminate allergens throughout your home. It also helps to keep doors open to allow for better circulation, not only for your HVAC system to work more efficiently but also to help air purifiers work more effectively.
You can also improve air circulation and quality in your home by opening windows periodically. Even in the coldest months of the year, opening windows for 10–15 minutes helps introduce fresh air into an otherwise sealed-off space and promote the flow of air throughout your home.
Opening windows is also important when cooking to help pull fumes out of your home. Turn on your kitchen’s ventilation system and open up some windows and doors to help prevent smoke and other odor buildup.
Be Wary of Indoor Plants
Plants can help improve indoor air quality by releasing oxygen into the air. There are also a handful of species that help filter toxins, dust, and allergens commonly found in your home’s air. That said, indoor plants can also harbor and facilitate mold growth. If you are particularly sensitive to mold, it’s best to keep your plants outdoors where there is plenty of fresh air to dilute its effects.
Invest in HVAC Maintenance
There’s only so much you can do to improve the air quality of your home without professional help. At TNT Heating & Air in Myrtle Beach, we offer a variety of heating, cooling, and air quality services to help keep your home comfortable. We offer indoor air quality testing, duct cleaning, and solutions that help eliminate the buildup of allergens and other contaminants in your home’s air. Contact us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.