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Indoor Air Quality Improvement Tips

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.
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