How to Breathe Easy at Home This Summer

Summer is on its way and homeowners are preparing their air conditioning units in anticipation of the coming heat. While the units are a great help when it comes to staving off the heat, using them also means the air that you breathe is limited to what is inside your home. The following are really easy to follow tips on how to clean indoor air at home this summer while keeping an eye on your electric bill.

Clean Up

It is important to maintain cleanliness around the house to minimize dust, allergens and other gases which may contribute to hazardous indoor air. The following common household items can leave dangerous particulates which can accumulate over time:

– water heaters

– space heaters

– gas ranges

– ovens

– fireplaces

It is important to minimize the use of these items or use these in a well-ventilated room or area. Their fumes can stick to walls and furniture and stay in the house for a very long time. Wiping furniture and dusting walls with static dusters routinely help to get rid of the pollutants. If you have filters in your ventilation, these should be changed or cleaned regularly. The same goes for the filter in your air conditioner unit.

Air Conditioning

Turning on your air conditioning unit for several hours a day can actually be quite helpful in removing the pollutants in the air. Most of the air borne pollutants are water soluble. Modern air conditioning units remove the moisture in the air by sucking in the air and processing it through filters. Most, if not all, air borne pollutants get stuck in the filters. This is the reason why it is important to regularly clean or change the unit’s filter. Using a HEPA or high efficiency particulate filter for your air conditioner is one of the commonly suggested ways on how to breathe clean indoor air at home this summer.

In order to prevent a sky high electric bill, it is important not to keep turning on and off the unit. Intermittent use can cause heavier consumption of electricity. Turn on the air conditioner just before the weather turns really warm (if the heat is already full on, it may take longer for the cold to take effect) and leave it on around dusk when the temperature goes down. If you want to sleep with the cooling unit on, turn it on only when you are ready to get to bed and done with your nightly rituals.

Indoor plants

Another proven method of cleaning the air in your home is to add potted plants in some or all areas of your house. Aside from adding to the beauty and softness to a house, plants absorb a lot of different particulates and process the carbon monoxide that people emit into oxygen.

The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, and Aloe Vera are very hardy plants. Both do not need a lot of care and can survive extended periods without direct sunlight. Aloe Vera is also a remedy for various conditions like thinning hair, superficial burns and wounds.

The Dracaena is another plant that really helps get rid of toxins and pollutants in the air such as, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. It is also relatively easy to take care of and can endure not being in direct sunlight for a long time.

These tips on how to clean indoor air at home are very effective and should be considered by Kyle homeowners for the safety of the people who live in the house. If you’re looking to truly improve your home’s indoor air quality, AB&B carries high end IAQ products from the industry’s top provider of HVAC products, Carrier.

4 Indoor Air Quality Tips for Pet Lovers

Do you have pets? Many homes do, and numerous people consider their pets a part of their family. It’s important for pet owners to be mindful of how a pet can affect your home’s air quality. Living with pets can be a great way to keep your mind and body healthy, but don’t forget about the quality of your indoor air!

How to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality as a Pet Owner

One of the most important things to consider in regards to keeping pets and your home’s air quality and is that pets produce dander. What is dander, you ask? Dander is simply extra small particles of skin that flake off from your pet. Contrary to popular belief, pet hair (what makes our fuzzy friends so fuzzy) is not the cause of most pet allergens and air quality problems. It is actually dander that does the most damage. The best way to combat dander is to prevent it from getting out of hand in the first place. These tips can help:

  • Be sure to bathe your pet/s as recommended by your veterinarian. Clean, healthy, skin will prevent excess dander from forming on your pet and accumulating around your home. Also, brush your pet regularly to remove dander and keep their coat healthy. And, don’t forget fresh water. Even though giving your pet unlimited access to fresh water is a given, be sure their water is plentiful, clean and of excellent quality. This will go a long way to ensure that your four legged friend is getting proper hydration, which helps keep their skin soft, meaning less dander in your home.
  • Keep your HVAC System running smoothly by getting regular maintenance performed on your home’s HVAC system. This is essential for excellent air quality and is doubly important for homes with pets, since dander and pet hair can accumulate not only in the air filter, but in other sneaky spots as well. A professionally trained technician can help inform you of any potential concerns before they become a serious problem.
  • Change your HVAC system’s air filter–often! We recommend changing your air filter according to the manufacturer’s directions. Since filters vary, you’ll want to gauge how often you change it depending on what type of filter you have. Check your filter about once a month and change the filter once it appears dirty. If you have a multiple pet household, consider upgrading to a HEPA filter or switching to an air filter that can help control pet dander.
  • Another way to ensure excellent air quality is to have your ducts cleaned by our professionals. Pet dander, dust, and other debris can accumulate in your home’s ductwork. This dirt recirculates through your ductwork (and your home) each time you run your system.

Give us a call today and learn how we can help improve the quality of you and your pets’ home!