You might think a yearly flu shot is all you need, but humidity issues, dust, and poor sealing in your Newberry, Florida, home could also be affecting your health. When your home is sealed up for the winter and the summer, most of the inside air comes from your HVAC system. Poor air quality, bacteria, and dirt in your home could make you sick. Take steps to make your home a healthy environment.
It’s no secret that high humidity is a problem in Florida, but you might not realize it can make you sick. If your home is too humid, it’s susceptible to mold growth. Inhaling mold is harmful to your health and can make you and your family very sick. It’s a good idea to keep a dehumidifier in the home, especially during the summer. Also, make sure that your kitchen and bathroom are both well ventilated.
Low humidity might not seem possible in Florida, but it is a surprisingly common occurrence. When the air in your home is too dry, it can cause respiratory concerns and disrupt your sleep patterns. Test the humidity in your home to make sure you’re keeping it at a safe and comfortable level.
Toxic Cleaning Products
Keeping your home clean is important to staying healthy, but the cleaning products you’re using could contribute to making you sick instead of preventing it. When possible, opt for all-natural cleaners and avoid cleaners with too many chemicals. If sticker-shock is a concern because of the higher price tags of all-natural products, then consider using vinegar to clean your home. It’s cheap and just as effective as cleaners you buy at the store.
Dirty Air Filters
The purpose of your HVAC air filter is to keep the bad stuff from getting blown into your home, but a dirty air filter could make your air quality worse, making you sick. You need to check or replace your air filter once a month during the high seasons, summer and winter, when your HVAC system is running around the clock. If your air filter gets clogged, your HVAC system starts blowing the dirt and bacteria into your home. It’s also harder on your HVAC system and can shorten its lifespan.
Dust hides in surprising places, and even the most thorough cleaner is susceptible to missing it. Make sure you use a wet rag to clean dust, especially on ceiling fans, baseboards, crown molding, and in every nook and cranny you can find. Also pull clothes out of your closet regularly to prevent dust and dust mites from settling in the closets you don’t use very often. Too much dust in your home is problematic for your indoor air quality, and poor IAQ (indoor air quality) is a major health concern for your family.
Unless you have a ductless system, you need to be conscious of your air ducts. Since all the air you’re breathing is flowing through those ducts, you need to make sure they are clean also. Bug infestations are not uncommon in air ducts, and sometimes animals find their way in during the colder winter months. Schedule a cleaning with your HVAC contractor if it’s been a while since your last one.
During the summer and winter, people tend to keep their houses locked up tight to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Try to find ways to cut down on your HVAC usage and let in fresh air as often as you can. Implement natural heating and cooling techniques in your home so that you don’t rely on your HVAC system as much. Fresh air inside the house is also good for your health, if you consider all the ways your home can make you sick.
If you have concerns about your air quality, then it’s time to call an HVAC expert to come in and do an IAQ test. Contact Bounds Heating and Air at 352-472-2761 to schedule an air quality test or preventative HVAC maintenance to keep your home and your family healthy.
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