Poor indoor air quality can lead to respiratory problems and exacerbate other health conditions. So how can you tell when your air quality is bad? An unpleasant odor can indicate an issue with your home’s air quality. Other signs include fatigue, headaches, dry eyes or throat, and frequent coughing and sneezing.
If you suspect air quality is the problem, fortunately, there are a few things you can do to improve the situation.
Change Your Air Filter
Generally, you should clean or replace your air filter once every 30 days. Failing to keep the filter can will prevent the system from properly removing dust, allergens, and other contaminants from the air.
With a dirty filter, you might also notice reduced airflow coming from your vents. Over time, that will reduce air circulation and lead to poor air quality in your home.
Clean Your Registers
The registers are the metal grates attached to the ends of your ducts. They are designed to catch any dust or debris that has collected in your ducts over time. If you don’t clean the registers regularly, treated air will push that debris out into your home.
You can use warm water with dish soap and a clean rag to wipe the registers down.
Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Your ductwork will need cleaning from time to time to remove any debris that has accumulated inside. During a duct cleaning, you may discover that pests have been nesting in your ducts. Mold may also be growing in damp, cold ducts.
Routine cleaning will remove these contaminants before they lead to health problems for your family. Your technician will also let you know if there is damage to your ducts that needs to be repaired.
Clean Your Carpets
To keep your air fresh and clean, you should vacuum your carpets and rugs once per week. Make sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, as this type of filter will remove most airborne bacteria and particles.
You should also shampoo your carpets about once a year. Keeping your carpets clean is important because pest droppings, mold, and bacteria can collect in the fibers.
We Can Help You Breathe Easier!
If you need help cleaning your ducts, vents, and registers, contact Chesapeake Property Services at (410) 661-4235. Our services are designed to help you maintain the better air quality in your home.