The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified poor indoor air quality as one of the biggest environmental risks to public health. Research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has found that “air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”
With some of the worst air quality found within your home, finding solutions to improve the air you breathe can make a difference in you how you breathe, feel, and even sleep. Pollutants such as mold, pollen, pet dander, VOC’s radon, smoke, bacteria and others found in stagnant air trapped inside your home are easily inhaled and then passed into the bloodstream.
If you believe the air quality in your home could be better, here are 10 indoor air quality solutions to help you care for your air.
1)Turn Your Furnace Blower On
One of the best things you can do to improve the indoor air quality of your home is to turn the furnace blower on. This will recirculate air throughout the home, through the intake, and out the supply ducts.
2) Change Air Filters Regularly
A dirty air filter is unable to remove airborne particles as it is intended to do so. In reality, failing to change air filters on a regular basis will make air quality worse as it circulates contaminants back into your home rather than removing them. A dirty air filter can also limit air flow forcing your heating and cooling systems to work harder and even cost you money in higher utility bills.
3) Stay Up-To-Date With HVAC System Maintenance
Making sure to schedule yearly maintenance services for your furnace or air conditioning unit help to maintain a clean and properly functioning system. During annual maintenance, filters are often changed and the systems coils are cleaned and checked to ensure proper function. A clean and efficient furnace or AC can also help to improve the air quality in your home.
4) Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Air duct cleaning will help to remove any build up of dust, mold or other pollutants within the ductwork of your home. Air flows through the ducts pulling with it any contaminants lingering within them. By having your air ducts cleaned you ensure that cleaner air will flow through your cuts, while also helping your HVAC systems to run more efficiently.
5) Invest In An Air Purifier
Installing an air purifier provides one more level of defense against poor indoor air quality. Air purifiers remove dust, mold, bacteria and even viruses from the air circulating within your home.
6) Consider Getting More Houseplants
Houseplants are a great way to help clean the air without your home. Some of the best plants for improving air quality include aloe plants, snake plants, English Ivy, dragon tree, rubber trees, bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, Gerbera daisies, mother-in-law’s tongue, and many more.
7) Keep Your Floors Clean
Your flooring is one of the biggest sources for pollutants and particles that could affect indoor air quality. By working to keep floors swept, mopped and vacuumed, you can help minimize the amount of contaminants that make into the air.
8) Open Your Windows
Whenever weather permits, be sure to open the windows in your home to help bring fresh air in. Open windows and fans will help to circulate the outside air and improve the quality of your indoor air.
9) Smoke Outside
Tobacco smoke and even secondhand smoke is one of the worst pollutants for air quality and extremely harmful to the human body. To help minimize the effect on your health and those you love, set a strict rule to not allow smoking inside your home.
10) Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Cleaning products full of harmful chemicals are toxic for the air quality of your home. By purchasing products that are unscented and made with natural ingredients can make a significant difference in keeping your indoor air quality clean.
For more information or high quality services to help maintain clean indoor air quality, call us at Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing today at (702) 433-5008