The quality of the air inside your home isn't always a hot topic that everyone is rushing to test or improve. However, did you know that common household items and old habits that you may not even notice could be greatly affecting the quality of the air you breathe?
Poor air quality can cause health issues like headaches, respiratory diseases, dizziness, irritation of your ears, nose, throat, and more. Removing indoor pollutants is important, and not always hard to do.
Below, we have tips to help you improve your indoor air quality.
1. Open Doors and Windows
It can really be as simple as getting fresh air in your home from time to time. One of the simplest ways to improve air quality is to open your windows or doors that have screens to let a little fresh air in. Try to leave a window open when it's nice out so that your home can air out and reduce the concentration of pollutants. You can also put a fan in front of your windows on days where the air is extremely still to help pull it inside.
2. Install an Air Purification System
Consider investing in a whole-house air purifier or even a smaller air purifier that can be found online. A whole-house purification system can be installed and connected to your HVAC system. This is a great way to keep your entire home free of dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold all at once. A whole-house air purification system can even be used to help kill bacteria and viruses that cause health issues. A smaller air purifier can be used room-by-room to collect and reduce dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, and more, keeping each room breathable.
3. Replace Air Filters
Did you know that the air filters for your air conditioner should be cleaned (if reusable) or changed frequently? Air filters capture small particles and, over time, can become clogged. The general rule is to change or clean smaller filters every month, and larger filters every six months. Don’t forget the other air filters that may be scattered around your home, like the filter in your vacuum cleaner, your bathroom’s exhaust fan, and the filter in the fan above your stove!
4. Buy Air Purifying Houseplants
Do you want to try a natural option that also offers a little aesthetic? Try adding houseplants that help increase oxygen levels inside your home! Here’s a shortlist of awesome plants that help purify your air:
Chrysanthemums: removes ammonia and other toxins from the air.
Rubber Plants: removes toxins like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
Kimberly Queen Fern: removes toxins like formaldehyde.
Gerbera Daisy: removes toxic gas.
Dendrobium Orchid: removes common pollutants.
Red Emerald Philodendron: removes toxic gases.
While house plants are ideal for naturally removing toxic gas and other pollutants, a dehumidifier can also work wonders for your home’s air quality.
5. Install a Humidifier
During warmer months, dampness from the outside can build up and cause high humidity levels inside your home. A damp environment is an ideal condition for mold growth that can eventually cause irritation to your respiratory system. Consider investing in a dehumidifier that can be installed in tandem with your HVAC system. It can do the work for you and keep the humidity level so that you don’t have to spend your time and extra money on getting mold removed from your home.
6. Keep Your Thermostat Updated
Yes, your thermostat also plays a role in the quality of your air. When updating your thermostat, the best option is to have a programmable thermostat that will keep air circulating inside your home. Look for a thermostat that has circulate mode in order to keep your indoor fan running for at least twenty minutes every hour. Your fan should be running at a consistently reduced speed so that there is airflow throughout your home.
Fresh Air All the Time
If you want to keep the air in your home fresh, we recommend contacting our experts here at First Call Heating & Cooling Inc to explain your options to improve your indoor air quality. We offer a number of solutions like dehumidifiers, high-efficiency filters, UV lights, and more!