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Unique Ways to Improve Your Air Quality

Remember that the most effective way of enhancing the quality of the air in your home is ensuring your furnace air filters are replaced every six months or every 2-3 months if you have pets. However, there are other ways to improve the quality of your indoor air.

Here are the top three unique ways to improve the air quality in your home aside from the usual humidifiers, air filters, and UV lights.

Houseplants

Most people like keeping houseplants because they are beautiful and add some green and some nature to the inside of your home. However, you probably didn’t know that some houseplants have the added benefit of improving your indoor air quality

Similar to how trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air that we breathe, certain types of plants have been known to absorb other chemicals. According to some studies, plants play a crucial role in the elimination of harmful chemicals from indoor air. Chemicals like benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene are unhealthy since they can cause nausea, eye irritation, and headaches and some of these are found in household items like plastic.

Some plants like Spider Plant and Boston Fern are known to be perfect air purifiers that eliminate these chemicals. Other such as peace lily and chrysanthemum might need extra care but can get rid of these five air toxins in your house.

Salt lamps

There isn’t a lot of science or research that has gone into Himalayan salt lamps, but according to the holistic community they are supposed to release negative ions into the air which eliminate dust and other harmful air pollutants. One way they can do this is because salt is a naturally hygroscopic element which means it absorbs water molecules from the air. Since water molecules within the air are often carrying dust and other particles, when the water hits the lamp it releases the particles onto the lamp as well. In other words, the salt minerals lessen airborne irritants, pathogens, and allergens by attracting water vapor and pollutants out of the indoor air and neutralizing them.

Whether these lamps work as well as a traditional form of air purification is still up for debate, but in the meantime, they will make a great piece of decor in your home.

Keep Your Pets Groomed

We all love pets, whether dogs, cats, or guinea pigs are your favorite. However, your beloved animal could be contributing to worse air quality within your home. This is especially true of dogs who are known for their shedding of fur and dander. One way to prevent your animal from becoming a health hazard is by brushing them out and getting them groomed regularly. This will ensure that most of the loose fur is thrown away rather than left to fall off of your dog and circulate throughout your home.

When All Else Fails

When you’ve tried all of these options, and none of them seem to be working, it’s time to call in a professional. Consider reaching out to the experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning to solve your air quality problems. We specialize in air quality services, filtration, UV air cleaning, duct cleaning and more so don’t hesitate to reach out. Give us a call or visit our website for more information!

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