Tech Tips: Indoor Air Quality

Concerned about the indoor air quality of your home? There’s a few things that can be done if you suffer from allergies or are sick often. You may want to consider a Carrier indoor air purifier or an ultraviolet light to kill some of the bacteria in your house. In the meantime, breathe easy with these five ways to improve your indoor air quality.

Clean
Keep your floors fresh and your lungs full of clean air by taking the time to vacuum and mop. Trap the dust and dirt. Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. When the vacuum can’t get it all, the mop picks up what is left behind. Microfiber mops and dust cloths are more effective than traditional fibers. Combine these habits twice a week along with a floor mat at every door, and you’re on your way to fresh air!

Humidity
A dry home is uncomfortable, but on the flip side, dust mites and mold love moisture. Try to keep your humidity around 30 to 50 percent. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners help with this. Here are some additional tips to dehumidify your home:

  • Use an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing.
  • Don’t overwater houseplants.
  • Vent the clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture-loving mold.
  • Empty drip pans in your window air conditioner and dehumidifier.

No Smoking Allowed
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Eliminate all those chemicals by banning smoking in your home. If quitting isn’t feasible, take the cigarette smoke outside.

Test for Radon
This colorless, odorless gas is deceivingly sneaky. Whether your home is old or new, get tested.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

Go Natural
Make your home smell welcoming with natural fragrances. That lemon and pine smell you associate with cleanliness is a synthetic fragrance emitting chemicals into the air. Look for products that are scent-free or naturally-scented, stop using aerosol sprays, let in fresh air, and use freshly sliced lemons for a pleasurable scent.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these products or technologies, contact your local Minnesota Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. You can find the one closest to you at StayComfyMinnesota.com.

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