The summertime is a favorite season for many people, but not for their lungs. Between high temperatures, air pollution, and bad habits, the air quality in the summer can be the worst it will be all year. Learn to keep your air clean during the summer — your lungs will thank you.
It’s a known fact that smoking is bad, but smoking inside is even worse. All of the smoke and chemicals released into the air will not only be inhaled by surrounding people, but also by the house itself. Rather than having these chemicals collect onto the walls and get trapped within fabrics, take this habit outside.
A lot of cleaners from the store contain harmful chemicals and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds.) Using these cleaners in the summer can be even worse because the windows might be closed due to the A/C unit being on. Substitute these lung hazards for natural cleaners like white vinegar and baking soda.
Throughout the summer, your air conditioner will probably be on full blast in an attempt to cool down your home. The air filter within your unit usually needs to be changed or cleaned every other month. However, if it is being used quite frequently, look to replace the air filter on a monthly basis. Having a clean air filter is the number one way to cut down on dust and lung irritants.
Harsh temperatures in the summer can cause a lower air quality, so it’s a good idea to keep your windows closed on these days. Check the air quality from your local weather service to see if it’s safe to open your windows. There’s also an increase in allergens in the air during this time of year. If you’re an allergy sufferer or sensitive to dust, keep your windows closed for the day.
The air in the summer is not always the best, but there are ways to keep your indoor air at a healthy level. When you need to improve your indoor air quality, contact EnviroGreen Boston for air duct, basement, attic, and crawl space cleaning. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.