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  • 4 Ways to Improve Your IAQ This Summer

    May 29, 2020

    Improve Your IAQ This Summer

    The longer you stay inside, the stuffier your home can feel—and that’s not just because of cabin fever. Dust is made up primarily of dead skin cells, so just you being at home can create more dust and must. Add to that the summer heat, and well, your home environment can start to feel a little suffocating. Not to worry: Here are 4 ways to improve your IAQ this summer.

    Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Summer with These 4 Tips

    1.    Replace Your Air Filter on Time

    If you’re not performing standard maintenance on your HVAC system, like replacing your air filter regularly, then you’re doing your system and your home a disservice. The point of your air filter is to collect dust and debris, so that your AC doesn’t create a mini-tornado of allergens and pollutants. However, your air filter eventually gets full, which means that you’re forcing your air to create the mini-tornado anyway. Replace your filter every month for the best results.

    2.    Groom Your Pets

    Your local groomer is either permanently closed, closed until further notice, or only allowing customers at 25% capacity. Either way, that leaves you with one shaggy, homely pet. Not only is Fido looking a little ragged these days, but the shedding is really getting out of control. As a result, you and your family are breathing in the dander and stray hairs. Yikes! Improve your IAQ this summer—and help Fido out—by grooming your pet yourself.

    3.    Take Off Your Shoes

    Just because shops and entertainment venues aren’t as accessible this summer, doesn’t mean you’ll be spending the entire season indoors. You’re likely going on more walks, bike rides, and hikes than ever, which means you’re coming in and out of your home a lot. As shoes aren’t just functional but also fashionable, you may be tempted to wear your sneakers inside, but resist! Each time you wear your shoes inside, you’re dragging in dirt, dust, germs, and a lot of other yucky things. Taking off your shoes when you come inside is an easy way you can improve your IAQ this summer.

    4.    Get a Dehumidifier

    The heat can get you feeling misty, summertime sadness aside. Water activities, sweat, humidity—all these things can make your home moist and sticky. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it’s also a breeding ground for mold and other pollutants. Keep your home mold-free by getting a dehumidifier. They’re not just for white noise while you’re sleeping. They really can improve your home’s IAQ.

    Need IAQ Services? Call Crawford

    Sometimes all your best efforts don’t feel like they’re enough. If that’s the case for you, you might consider getting professional help from a licensed HVAC technician. We have tons of those at Crawford! We train all of our HVAC specialists in the latest best practices and teach them to put the customer first no matter what. Call our office to speak with one of our friendly representatives about our IAQ services.