With the recent stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are spending more time at home this summer. However, while you’re staying inside for the sake of your health, the air you’re breathing might not be all that healthy. Indoor air pollution can be just as bad, if not worse, than outdoor air pollution. So now is a good time to do all you can to improve the air you’re breathing in your home. Our team at Allied Services, Inc. has put together a quick list of easy things you can start doing today to make sure your family is breathing clean air.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

1. Use Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation gives contaminants and pollutants a way to escape from your home. Simple changes like opening windows, turning on ceiling fans, and running exhaust fans, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, can greatly improve your indoor air quality. Additionally, because your AC unit is responsible for most of the air circulation, proper air duct cleaning is necessary. Over time, dirt, dust, and other contaminates can settle in your ductwork and must be removed.

2. Regularly Wash Fabric Bedding and Furniture

We don’t like to think about it, but it’s true that your bedding is a home to pet dander, pollen, dust, dust mites, and even pests! To cut back on these pollutants, you should regularly wash your bedsheets, pillow covers, comforters, sofa cushions, and anything else that is safe to go through the washing machine, once a week.

3. Avoid Using Harsh Cleaning Products

Of course, you want your home to be clean and sanitary, now more than ever. However, there are some cleaning products that pollute your indoor air. Bleach, disinfectant sprays, and other strong cleaners can release gases that are harmful for humans to breathe. Opt instead for more natural cleaners or, if you must use bleach, be sure to open a window and turn on a fan.

For more information on air duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance, contact Allied Services today at (937) 269-5059. We have been proudly serving the Dayton, OH, area for over 60 years, making us one of the oldest and most experienced HVAC companies in the region.