There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty HVAC system or old carpeting are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how can you make your indoor air healthier – today?
Here are some ideas:
Check the filters. The desert has its share of dust, and filters are one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home. Any HVAC repair person can tell you stories about filters they’ve seen packed with dust. Make sure those aren’t yours. Air passes through those filters before circulating throughout your home. Replacing a filter takes less than five minutes. We’re supposed to change them every 30-90 days. Ummm…
Clean the drains. Drains are a surprisingly common source of odor in the home. Most people only clean them when they’re clogged, but they should be flushed thoroughly with a good-quality cleaner at least once a season. Putting enzymes through your plumbing is another popular alternative.
Turn on the bathroom fan. Not only do bathroom fans remove odor, they also reduce moisture build-up. About 50% of air pollutants originate from some type of moisture. Mold is the worst of these pollutants. Professionals recommend you keep your bathroom fan on for at least 30 minutes after a shower.
Of course, you can always open a window. That’s the most popular and easiest way to freshen the air, and it works.