It’s official—we’ve skipped over spring and settled for an early summer instead! While the heat isn’t quite pouring on here in Chicago just yet, it’s decidedly warmer than you might have expected a few weeks ago. And with that warmer weather has come all sorts of allergens and indoor air pollutants, unfortunately. Are you an allergy sufferer, or are you just looking for some tips to help pick your air quality back up after that long, cooped up winter?
The HVAC experts at North Town Home Services are ready to help! Follow along while we detail the most common causes of indoor air pollution, as well as some ways to control and mitigate them.
The Five Most Common Sources of Chicago Air Quality Woes
While there are season-specific pollutants such as those that can be generated by an ailing furnace, we’re primarily going to focus on spring and summer complications at the moment:
- Common dust. Comprised of skin cells, mites, and all of the other bric-a-brac that constitutes a formation of common pollutants, dust is a constant concern in all seasons. While most homeowners take some steps to prevent dust, the reality is that there is a ton of dust in your air that you never see. To combat this most common of pollutants we recommend mopping twice a week, wet dusting just as often, and washing all cloth surfaces in the home once a week.
- Mold spores. Though it might surprise you, mold spores are actually always present in the air we breathe—even here in Chicagoland! Generally mold is only a problem when it is allowed to flourish, which happens when it finds enough moisture in the air in our homes. If your home is often fairly humid, you might consider a whole-home dehumidifier to keep this common complication under control.
- Pollen. Unfortunately pollen and Northern Illinois go hand-in-hand, and it’s a plenty common source of sneezing and discomfort even for those who don’t suffer from severe allergies. It’s a hard pollutant to police, but a firm shoes off at the door policy can help a lot, as well as keeping windows closed on windy days. If this proves to be too little for you, an air filtration system or UV purifier can help immensely.
- VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds are present in household cleaning products, paints, and other common chemicals we use on a daily basis. They can be somewhat hard to avoid, so a proper home ventilation system is vital (an HVAC tune-up can help remove lots of VOCs). To further control VOCs switching to DIY cleaning compounds based in vinegar or citrus oils can be beneficial.
- Smoke. Cigarettes are the most common source, of course, but even regular cooking and outdoor air can introduce huge amounts of invisible smoke into our homes. A good filtration system is the only real way to create a proper buffer against smoke, though keeping your air conditioner’s air filter swapped out can provide a measure of control by trapping larger particles.
Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Services in Chicago, IL
In need of some air quality control that’s a bit more complete? The indoor air quality specialists at North Town Home Services are ready to help! We offer a wide range of services and products that can help you breathe healthier and easier, so go ahead and give us a call at (847) 999-4600 or contact us online to find out more!