Improve your home’s indoor air quality this spring with a few simple yet effective tips and tricks. Air pollution is not limited to the outdoors, and poor air quality in the home can result in increased allergy flare-ups and other health issues. So how should you go about improving air quality in your home?
- Add a variety of houseplants. All plants help filter the air; however, some are better than others at keeping air in the home clean and fresh. Plants such as peace lilys, bamboo trees, spider plants, rubber plants, and devil’s ivy all protect the air from pollutants such as xylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
- Remodel your kitchen. While this may not be the “simplest” tip, it can do wonders for indoor air quality. The kitchen is a haven for excess moisture and therefore mold and mildew, so remodeling will result in cleaner air.
- Use natural cleaning products. Avoid polluting the air in your home by using natural rather than commercial cleaners, such as baking soda and white vinegar.
- Change your furnace filter. Year round, change your HVAC filters often to keep air fresh. Choose a quality air filter that will scrub your air of particulates large and small.
- Keep ducts clean. Employ a trusted HVAC contractor to inspect your ducts for dust, debris, mold, mildew and rodent excrement. If the ductwork needs cleaning, have the professional do the job.
- Use welcome mats. Encourage guests to wipe their feet on welcome mats before entering your home and bringing assorted pollutants with them. Better yet, have a standing rule for everyone to remove their shoes before entering.
- Perform radon testing. Radon is an odorless gas that increases lung cancer risk, especially if you smoke, so remember to test for it.
- Ventilate the air. Ventilation is a key factor in preventing the growth of mold and mildew in the home. Invest in a quality home ventilation system to combat this problem. When the weather allows it, open the windows.
- Avoid paint strippers. Paint strippers contribute to poor indoor air quality, so avoid using them as well as paints that feature volatile organic compounds, another type of air pollutant.
For more expert advice about indoor air quality and other issues relating to the home, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been serving residents of the greater Cleveland area for 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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