Although the air around Gastonia, North Carolina, may seem clean, area vegetation produces pollen that can trigger allergies and asthma. Manufacturing and automobiles also contribute to air pollution. These pollutants can blow into your home, or you might track them inside yourself. Common household products such as paint, aerosols and craft products can also negatively affect indoor air quality. There are simple ways to keep indoor air fresh and clean, though.

Increase Ventilation

One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to increase ventilation. Houses with central air conditioning are designed to minimize air infiltration to improve energy efficiency. Although this reduces energy use, it also reduces natural ventilation. Some HVAC units now feature mechanical ventilation units that include heat-recovery systems.

To increase natural ventilation, open windows when the weather permits. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms to remove warm, humid air.

Remove Sources of Pollution

Regular cleaning helps remove indoor pollutants. Vacuuming with a HEPA filter pulls up dust, animal dander and dust mites, keeping them contained. If you don’t have a HEPA filter, make sure your vacuum cleaner doesn’t blow dust back into the room. Mopping captures fine particles and pollen that escape the vacuum.

Look for products certified by reputable labs as low-emission. Ask smokers to smoke outside. Cigarettes contain thousands of pollutants. Many remain in your home even after the smoker extinguishes the cigarette.

Control Humidity

Humidity affects indoor air quality. High humidity creates a breeding ground for mold growth and dust mites. Experts recommend that you keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent.

If humidity is too high or low, rooms will feel uncomfortable. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture during humid months. You might need a humidifier during the winter when heating reduces humidity levels.

At Roland Black Heating & Cooling, we’ve helped residents in Gastonia breathe cleaner and fresher air inside their homes for more than 35 years. Contact us today to learn more about our range of indoor air quality products and services that help you improve ventilation and remove pollutants.

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