4 Ways to Improve Your Phoenix Home’s Indoor Air Quality This Fall
As summer is dying down, there is a shift from warm weather activities to cool weather activities. We start going to fewer barbecues , pool parties and backyard hangouts and spending more time indoors. You might view this change as an escape from allergies, but the inside of your home is actually the place where more allergens, irritants and illnesses lurk. Especially in Phoenix, where the air can become uncomfortably dry, leaving you even more susceptible.
Hobaica has 4 suggestions to improve your IAQ this fall to keep you healthy, comfortable and happy.
Solution #1 – Get a Air Purifier
Dry air is always a concern in Phoenix, but many new inhabitants are often surprised to learn about the seasonal allergies associated with mold spores and pollen. Increased grass, weed and mold, due to the monsoon of August & September, present a significant indoor air quality concern during the Fall in Southern Arizona, especially if left unaddressed. Dry air, coupled with high pollen counts contribute to a number of health risks including:
- Coughing & sore throat
- Allergies & sinus congestion
- Weakened immune systems from dried out membranes in throat and nose
- Dry eyes
- Itching, flaking skin
- Chapped lips
- Flare-ups of acne & eczema
An RGFClear Sky Air Purification System from Hobaica Services, installed in your HVAC air handler, is an energy efficient and highly effective way to avoid the health concerns referenced above. Learn more on our Air Purifier Page or give our friendly representatives a call!
Solution #2 – If You Have Pets, Take Extra Steps
If you’re spending more time indoors with your pet(s), you’re more exposed to the allergen dander. Most pets also bring in a lot of other allergens from outside, including mold and pollen. If you have litter boxes in your house, particles from pet waste can also irritate you.
Other steps you can take to increase air quality if you have a pet include:
- Change HVAC filters more frequently
- Vacuum often
- Find hypoallergenic bedding
- Bathe pets weekly, including cats if possible
Solution #3 – Skip the Pumpkin Spice Air Fresheners
We know! Part of what is exciting about the fall season are the rich smells that take you right back to good memories. But artificial fragrances can have all kinds of chemicals in them, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are bad for your health. Instead of a can of air freshener or candles, try:
- Potpourri or diffusers made with essential oils
- Eucalyptus clippings
- Sachets with cloves
- Clove studded oranges or
- Fresh-cut flowers
Solution #4 – Keep Your HVAC System Maintained
In addition to regularly changing your air filters, you should schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system. With seasonal HVAC maintenance, our team will conduct a thorough cleaning that removes dirt and microbial growth. It can also help illuminate or address a potential mold problem in your HVAC system.