Did you know the air quality inside your home can be immensely worse than
the air outside? In fact, some estimates say the air inside your home
is as much as
ten times worse than the air on the other side of your walls. What’s worse
is that you probably don’t even know that your indoor air is the
problem. However, there are several things you can do to dramatically
improve your air quality, many of which can be done with very little additional
effort. Here are just a few of them.
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your heater and air conditioner is an extremely important
factor in your indoor air quality. Not only does a dirty filter cost you
more money by preventing your heater and air conditioner from working
as well as they could, but a dirty filter also isn’t capable of
removing as much air pollution and contaminants like pet dander, mold
spores, and more. If your filter is clean and you’re still suffering,
consider switching to a more rigorous filter.
Dust & Vacuum Regularly
The longer you wait to dust your furniture and clean your floors, the more
time dust, dander, and other allergens can build up in your carpet. This
is especially true in areas near doorways, as people track all sorts of
things in from their feet. Get a large, durable mat to put near each door
and clean it regularly, and vacuum your home every week to two weeks and
you should notice a significant difference.
Get an Air Filtering Plant
Did you know plants are nature’s air scrubbers? The NASA Clean Air
Study done back in 1989 found a link between air quality and certain indoor
plants that have been found to eliminate toxic agents. English ivy and
Variegated snake plants can remove things like benzene, formaldehyde,
and more, while Peace lily and Florist’s chrysanthemum do all of
those, plus filter out ammonia!
Open the Windows
If the air outside is better than the air inside, then perhaps the most
obvious thing you can do to improve the air inside is to let in some of
the air from the outside. Opening your windows for five to ten minutes
per day dramatically reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in your air
and allows toxic chemicals to escape and disperse outside. This can also
help eliminate household odors you may have become accustomed to.
If your air quality continually suffers, you may have an issue with your
heater and air conditioner.
Speak with a Palm Beach County indoor air quality expert at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today to request a full inspection or
system maintenance service appointment.