Air Quality Tips: Cooking Vents, Humidity, Carpet Cleaning

Air Quality Tips: Cooking Vents, Humidity, Carpet Cleaning

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic tips on how to maintain high air quality in your home through the proper use and care of your HVAC system. There are several important components to keep an eye on within this realm, especially if anyone in your home suffers from respiratory issues like asthma or allergies.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're proud to offer a wide variety of indoor air quality services, including our "Clean Effects" filter from Trane that not only provides whole-home air purification solutions, but also humidity control. Both during your day-to-day HVAC usage and with some potential assistance here and there from our team of HVAC professionals, how else can you ensure your air quality will be high inside at all times? Here are a few other tips.

Cooking Vent Usage

One of the larger sources of indoor contaminants in many homes is the kitchen, particularly areas like gas stoves that release carbon monoxide and smoke when in use. To help reduce the amount of contaminants that are recirculated into your home's air, make sure to properly ventilate after cooking on your stove by opening nearby windows and/or turning on your kitchen vents.

If your kitchen is not outfitted with vents, you may consider bringing a small fan into the room that is pointed toward the ceiling to help circulate air. However, be careful not to obstruct your stove's vent while cooking. If you are using a natural gas stove, you also need to consult with your local gas company about safety precautions when it comes to adding or moving ventilation equipment in your home.

Humidity Control

We mentioned humidity control a moment ago, and it's a theme that directly connects to air quality. Conditions that are too humid, for instance, will cause moist and stagnant air to become trapped, which means any contaminants that are hanging around will be recirculated throughout the room. It also increases your risk of developing things like mold and mildew.

The opposite is just as true: Homes that don't have the proper level of humidity can quickly dry out your body and nasal passages, which can actually lead to more coughing, sneezing and nasal congestion. Aim for a humidity level between 30-50 percent in your home at all times, which can be monitored with devices like the Trane Clean Effects hygrometer that were installed by our pros.

Rugs and Carpet Cleaning

Rugs and carpets can actually perform some natural filtering of their own, picking up dust particles and other contaminants and trapping them within the fibers. However, this won't mean much if you're leaving them dirty and free to spread these particles around -- instead, ensure you're vacuuming and cleaning carpets and rugs at least once a week to remove these contaminants.

For more on how to improve your home's air quality, or to learn about any of our HVAC solutions, speak to the staff at Airtime Heating & Cooling today.