Many outdoor pollutants, irritants, and allergens can make their way inside your home and start to impact your indoor air quality, or IAQ. Improving your indoor air quality is a vital part of creating a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for you and your family. Below, we’ll discuss a few simple ways that you can improve your home’s IAQ that are both easy to implement and affordable.
- Change your air filter regularly.
It’s important that you consistently check and change your air filter when it gets dirty. Your HVAC system’s air filter helps trap the pollutants before they circulate through your home air. When this filter gets clogged, it works less effectively. Not to mention, a clogged air filter can affect your heating and cooling system’s efficiency as the system has to work harder to circulate the air. It’s recommended that you check your air filter at least once a month and change when you notice it has become dirty or clogged.
- Keep your home clean.
To reduce the build-up of dust, dirt, and allergens in your home, make sure that you keep your home clean. Vacuum any carpet, drapes, and upholstery and dust all surfaces of your home regularly, including fan blades and window sills. In addition to cleaning your home thoroughly, you will also want to rid your home of common household items that can impact IAQ.
- Use all-natural cleaners.
Many standard home cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family. Home cleaning products like aerosol sprays, oven cleaners, and furniture polish release VOCs into your home air, which can make it difficult to breathe easy and even cause respiratory illnesses. Try to use cleaning products that contain a few, simple ingredients. You may even want to make your own using common household products like vinegar and water.
- Add some house plants to your home.
Did you know that houseplants can be used to eliminate certain toxins from your home? According to a NASA Clean Air Study, houseplants can help you rid your home of toxic agents like benzene and formaldehyde and can also absorb certain VOCs through their foliage and roots. Though these plants can’t eliminate all pollution from your home, certain plants like English Ivy and the Peace Lily can be effective in filtering out certain pollutants from your home.
- Invest in an air purifier.
Air purifiers help improve the quality of your home’s indoor air by removing allergens and other impurities from the air. Rather than simply masking the odors in your home, this IAQ product removes odors and pollutants from the air, leaving you with cleaner, fresher air for you and your family.
Are you ready to get serious about your indoor air quality? It may be time to look into HVAC upgrades like air purifiers and humidifiers. To find out what IAQ upgrades might be the best fit for your home comfort needs, contact the experts at Anderson Air Corps. Our experienced team can recommend the best IAQ products for your home and budget. Call today: (505) 855-9028.