Despite the mild winters when compared to the many parts of the country, Las Vegas, NV, the winter still has an impact in many different aspects. More people have a tendency to spend more times indoors to escape the chill in the air, especially when the desert even endures the chillier temperatures. Because of the exposure to the tainted air inside, more people are finding their allergy and asthma symptoms are triggered more often and even last longer than normal. With the winter right around the corner as we are sitting in fall, now is the best time to get your air ducts cleaned as well as prepare your home’s indoor air quality for when it comes time to spend more of your day inside.
Prevention & Control of Indoor Air Pollution
1) Air Duct Cleaning. Attacking the source of the problem is the best strategy. Where there are many influences on your indoor air quality, the air ducts are a primary contributor. Getting the air ducts cleaned before the figurative hibernation can make a big difference. There is countless allergens, contaminates, and debris particles in your air ducts, including pet dander, shed hair and skin cells, smoke residue, pest waste and carcass fragments, dust and dust mites, and the major possibility of mold spores, mildew, and other microbes; and these are just the common examples. Cleaning the air ducts professionally will restore them like new, removing all the harmful particulates, allergens, and pollutants from contaminating the air you breathe.
2) Dry Cleaning. It is highly recommended that for any clothing that needs dry cleaned, that they are hung in the garage or porch for an hour or two to allow them time to air-out. The chemical residues from the dry-cleaning process can reduce the air quality.
3) Potted Live Plants. Living plants are a natural filter and having them scattered throughout your home provides more oxygen in the air, helps purify the air, and even offers more benefits. There are many options that can be included in your home’s décor that are also pet-friendly.
4) Air Purifier. Particularly ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers, another useful addition is air purifiers. There are countless options that you can include in your air duct system that purifies the air that increases the quality of your indoor air.
5) Air Filter Replacement. The filters are designed to collect and trap the residues, dust, and other debris from the air and its only purpose is not to help the efficiency of your HVAC system, though that was the intended purpose, but to contribute to cleaning the air. After time the layers are so accumulated that it can no longer attach to the filter and the debris is being processed into the breathable air. Filters should be changed every month but no more than every 3 months.
6) Regularly Scheduled Cleaning. Good housekeeping habits help keep your air cleaner. Simple dusting and vacuuming routinely will control the dust and dirt as well as the airborne pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens.