The indoor air quality in your North Carolina home can be a top concern, especially if you have family members that suffer from asthma or allergies. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips that you can follow that can improve the indoor air quality in your home and help everyone breathe a little easier.
Make Sure You Have Proper Ventilation
Getting the proper airflow is essential, as it removes the stagnant air and refreshes the air of the interior. While opening the windows and doors when the weather is nice can help improve your air flow, this may not always be practical during cold weather or if you live in a busy city. Instead, you can have a ventilator installed that will allow the air from the outside to pass through a filter removing impurities before it enters your home.
Use Beeswax Candles to Purify the Air
Beeswax candles release negative ions that provide them with purifying air qualities. Since pollen, dust, dirt, and other pollutants carry a positive charge, the negative ions released will attract the positive ions and attract them into the candle. The other plus is that they can create a wonderful smell throughout your home.
Decorate With Air-Purifying Household Plants
Many household plants have air-purifying qualities. They aid in removing toxins from your home while also producing extra oxygen. They also can help improve the look and smell of your home. Plants that are best at improving the indoor air in your home include bamboo palm, English ivy, Gerbera daisies, and red-edged dracaena.
Consider Installing an Air Purifier
Air purifiers can be stand-alone units or installed with your HVAC system. When the air is circulated through the home, it will pass through a filter, removing the impurities before returning it out through the vents in your home. Air purifiers can not only remove contaminants but also dust, pollen, and pet dander. This can help lessen allergy and asthma symptoms.
Use Natural or Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
While it’s important to keep your home clean to improve the indoor air quality by removing dust and pet hair and dander, using chemical cleaning products can release high levels of volatile air compounds into the air, which can reduce the overall air quality. To prevent releasing more contaminants into your indoor air, you can clean your home with green cleaning products with natural solutions such as lemon and vinegar.
Wash Your Linens on a Regular Basis
Dust mites, dead skin, pollen, and pet dander can end up on your bedding. When this debris builds up, you may find yourself feeling tired or lethargic, or you may notice that your allergy symptoms have become worse. To combat this, consider washing and changing your sheets and bedding at least once a week and keep your pets off your bed when possible.
Regularly Clean Your Home
The built-up dirt in your home can not only ruin the indoor air quality of your home but can also circulate through your HVAC system, coating the interior of your ducts with dirt as well. You should keep a regular cleaning schedule that involves wiping surfaces, dusting, and vacuuming. Tasks such as vacuuming should be done more often when you have one or more pets in the home.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Over time, your HVAC system will become dirty as the dust and dirt in your home are drawn back into it. During your scheduled HVAC maintenance, your technician will not only check for damaged or worn parts but will also thoroughly clean your HVAC parts. Once cleaned, there will be less dirt and debris circulating through your system and out of the vents.
Change Your Filter Often
When your filter becomes clogged, it not only makes your HVAC system work less efficiently but also will impede airflow, allowing dust and dirt to settle at a quicker rate. Also, if it’s too dirty, it won’t be able to perform as well and will not properly remove the contaminants from getting into your home.
Improve the indoor air quality in your home and lessen allergy and asthma symptoms by trying some of these tips. To find out more ways to improve your home’s IAQ, or schedule HVAC maintenance, contact Air Treatment today to schedule an appointment.
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