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Bend Air Quality (AQI) and How to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution

Although a beautiful place to live, Bend, Oregon often makes news headlines for its high air quality index (AQI), a measure of how healthy or unhealthy the air is. The higher the index, the worse the air quality.

During the summer 2020 wildfires, Bend, Oregon’s air quality broke a record – measuring in at 485 for 24 hours (under 50 is a good rating). For weeks, smoke pollution made the air we breathe hazardous, both indoor and outdoors.

During the summer 2020 wildfires, Bend, Oregon’s air quality broke a record – measuring in at 485 for 24 hours (under 50 is a good rating).

In addition to the extended smokey conditions during the summer, Oregon is also known for having some of the worst pollen counts in the nation. The main culprits are grass seed and tree pollen. Especially after rain and wind, the pollen can be seen accumulating on cars, lakes and just about everything in sight – including your home.

According to the EPA, indoor air quality is typically 2-5x worse than outdoor air. So how can you minimize indoor air pollution, especially living in a place known for its high levels of allergens and irritants?

Here’s a few tips:

  1. Regularly clean surfaces, vacuum and reduce clutter to minimize dust accumulation. A microfiber cloth will work regularly than a cotton rag for dust pickup. If you can, limit the amount of rug and carpet in your home or business.
  2. Clean your ducts and filters. Air from outside travels through your ducts into your home or business, and pollen, dust, mold and irritants collect on the duct walls over time. Give us a call today for a free quote to clean your ducts and filters: (541) 389-2211.
  3. Invest in an air purifier. These are especially helpful if you have pets. The purifier likely won’t remove all the allergens, but it can help.
  4. If your kitchen uses natural gas appliances, make sure you have an exhaust fan or range hood to remove emissions. A ceiling fan can also help with air circulation.
  5. Do not smoke indoors. Close all windows and doors during times of high AQI, like wildfire season.
  6. If you have pets, brush them outdoors and bathe them regularly to prevent fur and dander accumulation.
  7. Use a doormat and remove shoes at all entrances to minimize dirt and dust from entering the building.
  8. Before using a fireplace, make sure the damper is completely open.
  9. Open your windows during times of a low AQI to increase air circulation.

All of these tips can help improve indoor air quality, especially if you live in a place with many allergens and irritants like Bend, Oregon. Make sure you start on a clean slate. Give us a call today or a free inspection and quote to clean your air ducts and filters: (541) 389-2211. 

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