For over two decades (and two millennia, at that), we’ve been providing home and business owners in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with reliable electrician services. We are local electrical contractors who are licensed, affordable, and come with a glowing reputation, as evidenced by our A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau. From electrical repair to knob and tube wiring and beyond, we offer residential and commercial electrical services.
However, today’s post does not particularly concern our electrician services. Rather, we will be discussing all things heating and cooling, as far as it relates to our HVAC company here in Cincinnati.
Yes, you read that right; we are both electrical contractors and HVAC specialists. For a full rundown on our commercial and residential HVAC services, we encourage you to check out our dedicated resource linked above. But for the purposes of today’s blog post, you should know that we can handle any and all of your heating and cooling needs, from HVAC maintenance and repair to a total furnace replacement and installation. We’ve got you covered here at ElectricMasters!
How To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Now that we’ve gotten a few formalities out of the way, we have a promised blog topic to get to! As the title of today’s post no doubt already gave away, we are highlighting a few ways all the “DIYers” out there can take a few simple steps to improve their home or place of business’ air quality. Keep reading for a few practical tips provided by the top HVAC maintenance company in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!
A Bit Of Context
We thought it might be a good idea to contribute a bit of industry wisdom to the topic of home air quality. We do this for a few reasons. For one, the end-goal of good air quality is to achieve and keep good health, so it’s a self-evident good to make sure our readers understand how to keep their company building and homes safe. Secondly, it’s the 21st-century and recent generations have been putting more than their fair share of pollutants in the air. Thus, we need to safeguard ourselves — specifically indoors.
Indeed, a Johns Hopkins University study determined that indoor pollution is twice as dangerous as outdoor pollution. They found that it’s a cause of asthma in children among other symptoms and conditions that can be harmful to adults. How can this be? For one, there aren’t any regulations for indoor air pollution, so folks are often left to their own devices. Far too often, however, we don’t know how harmful our air quality is — or at least, we don’t know what steps we can take to amend the situation.
- Don’t Smoke – Let’s start with a basic, if not incredibly obvious suggestion; don’t smoke indoors! It should go without saying that if you are concerned about your indoor air quality but still smoke outside, there’s not much point in that. But perhaps you are trying to help your loved ones out before quitting. We’ll stop being preachy about this — right after we hit you with this terrifying fact. Cigarette smoke has over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 cancer-causing compounds which can gather in your home when you smoke. So it’s not just about the property, it’s about you and your family’s health as well.
- Take Your Shoes Off – Not only should you take your shoes off, but you should keep them in a separate room. Whether that’s out on your porch, in your garage or laundry room, or somewhere else is up to you. The reason behind making sure you don’t wear or keep your shoes in the house is because you can easily track in pollutants like dust, dirt, pollen, and other chemicals. We can all agree those contaminants are better in the open air than setting up camp in your home — so make sure you are taking this step seriously! Every little bit helps.
- Stay On Top Of Household Chores – If you want to be breathing in good air, you simply need to make sure to keep the floors clean. This means vacuuming, dusting, and mopping frequently — we’d say no less than once every few weeks. For high-traffic areas, you might want to up that to weekly or even more often, but we’ll leave that to you. The long and the short of it is that allergens can quickly build up on your floors — especially carpeting.
- Change The Way You Think About Paint – This one doesn’t apply to everyone, but it is nonetheless important! Some paints contain VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, which cause dizziness or fainting. We aren’t medical professionals by any means, but the combination of the word “volatile” mixed with effects like feeling dizzy gives us pause. Consider using paints that are labeled “Zero VOCs,” or something to that effect, if you are interested in reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in your home.
- Kiss Goodbye To Fragrances – The final point we’d like to make is about fragrances and aerosols. Going “fragrance free,” as the activist-kids are saying these days, is all the rage because it can help those with allergies and asthma. With your cleaners and other products (like laundry soap or bathroom detergents), consider using natural cleaners!
ElectricMasters: For All Your Heating & Air Needs!
There are many other simple steps you can take that we haven’t had time to list in today’s post. Among them are monitoring your humidity, ventilation, adding live plants to your home…the list goes on. Perhaps we will have to address such steps in a future post!
We hope you’ve found today’s post as informative as it has been practical. Air filtration is remarkably important, yet most of us tend to not give it much thought beyond making sure that our HVAC unit is functioning well. At the end of the day, we want you to remember that ElectricMasters is here for all of your needs. Whether you need a Cincinnati electrician or an HVAC contractor in Northern Kentucky, we’ve got you covered! Contact us today.