Unfortunately, indoor air can sometimes be worse than what’s outside because of irritants such as dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and chemicals. Breathing in these particles can increase symptoms associated with allergies and asthma. When the weather in Kansas City prevents you from opening up your windows to refresh your indoor air, there are a few strategies that can help address the problem:
- Running a whole-house purification unit that uses either HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters or electronically charged collection plates can help trap some of the smallest particles in your air, including pet dander,smoke and even viruses. While stand-alone units are available, purifying your whole home will increase your air quality the most.
- Ventilating your home with outside air for at least 30 minutes each day is important. If the temperature or pollution levels outside don’t allow you to open up, run the fans in your kitchen and bathrooms. Pollen and pollution are usually at their lowest levels in the late evening.
- High levels of humidity can promote mold growth, but a dehumidifier can bring moisture levels back down below 60 percent where they belong.
- Gas stove settings should be altered to minimize emissions. Some people even choose to remove carpeting to minimize chemical off-gassing.
Contact Overland Park Heating & Cooling for more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality, including making an appointment for routine furnace maintenance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about addressing poor indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.