As a Denver heating company, we get to see a lot of homes here in Colorado. As a result, we see the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to overall health of living environments. As we go into the new year, we want all our customers to be healthy in 2015. So, we have put together our top five list of making your home healthier.
Clean Your Air Vents
It is amazing how much dust and pet dander can get stuck in your air vents. In fact, some vents in new homes are filled with original construction debris. All this gets plugged up in your vents and recirculated through the house for you to breath in and can cause respiratory problems. So, if you have not recently had your air vents cleaned, we encourage you to do so. Not only will this help clean the air in your home, but it will also help your furnace system run a lot better and more efficiently.
Replace Your Air Filters
Another key to keeping the air in your home clean is to replace your air filters. This is probably the among the easiest do-it-yourself maintenance you can do. Plus, it will help you and your family breath a lot easier. The air filter collects dust and allergens before they reach your system’s blower helping prevent them from going back into your living space and your lungs. However, filters do get clogged and need replaced every month or two depending on your furnace usage. When they are clogged, it can also cut down air flow and circulation. So, replacing your filter is important, not only for keeping your air clean, but also ensuring your furnace can perform optimally.
If you feel like you have a constant, low grade flu that you just can’t shake, it could be the cause of low level carbon monoxide in your home. Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can cause dull headaches, nausea, weakness, dizziness, confusion and vomiting. So, take the time to ensure you keep your furnace system is maintained and make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. Also, be sure to change out the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector at least twice a year.
Even in our dry Colorado climate, mold can be a problem. This is especially true in bathrooms, as we all like our long, hot showers during the winter months. Most bathrooms have electric fans that can help ventilate closed off showers. Be sure to run these fans during your shower and keep their air intakes cleaned. If you do not have a fan, please open a window to keep the bathroom ventilated. Mold can grow quickly and cause all sorts of structural problems as well as pose serious health risks. So, to cut down your mold risk, keep high humidity areas ventilated.
In the winter months, dirt in your carpet can quickly pile up. This causes allergens to be trapped in your carpet. Vacuuming regularly can help remove allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
How To Use This Information
Major provides Denver heating and air conditioning. We are a team of comfort specialists with the Major Service System™. Our goal is always doing the job right by creating customer comfort solutions for you and your home. If you are interested in the latest residential comfort trends or need a free systems evaluation, schedule online or call 303-424-1622.
What are ways you are going to make your home healthier in 2015?