When you’re a homeowner, there are about a “million” different thoughts running through your head at all times. Instances such as remembering to take the garbage out to having your HVAC unit repaired aren’t typically overlooked. However, when it comes to your indoor air quality, that might be the one detail that flies under the radar (and the simplest to bog down).
In fact, the status of your I.A.Q. is essential and should be catered to — all in an effort to keep the air in your home clean and safe. Without further ado, here are some ways you could be bringing down that quality:
Habits that Bring Down Indoor Air Quality
Walking Inside With Shoes On
A habit that most homeowners commit, but might not adequately take into consideration, is walking inside with their shoes on. While doing this seems harmless, it’s actually doing more bad than good.
Think about it: when you trek around on your daily adventures, when your shoes come in contact with any surface, germs and other debris will cling to the soles — which will then make their way through your home, latching onto the carpet and other flooring textiles. Of course, to combat this, consider taking your shoes off at the front door or slip into house-only shoes!
Lighting Scented Candles
There’s nothing quite like a candle that smells like a tropical oasis — or so you think. Believe it or not, wicks that bear scents such as crushed pineapple, blueberry pie, or anything out of the ordinary, are typically jam-packed with chemicals that help create those scents.
And, of course, when they’re burned, there’s a chance that those harmful additives go airborne. But the solution to the problem is rather simple: think about burning soy or beeswax candles that will still give off the ambiance without the chemicals.
Using Chemical Cleaning Agents
Cleaning your home is one of the most important tasks to complete weekly. And by doing so, like most homeowners, there’s a chance you’re using store-bought chemical cleaners. Sure, they do the job — making your countertops sparkle — but they also bring down your indoor air quality.
Just like a candle, spraying cleaner will help make those particles escape into the air and linger around much longer than you’d like them to. However, since you cannot neglect cleaning your home, it’s best to look into natural alternatives or green cleaning agents that get the job done without the additives.
Have Poor Indoor Air Quality in Your Home? Dr. Mitch is Here to Help!
At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your indoor air quality, plumbing, and HVAC needs, which is why we happen to offer 24/7 emergency services. For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (662) 269-0851.