How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Are you sneezing so much indoors that you’re greeting each other that way?
“Ah-choo back at ya!”
Not just the sneezing, but itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms of indoor air contamination. You see, it’s not possible to have a year-round cold. So, if you’re miserable more often than not, something else must be the problem. And frequently, that “something else” is poor quality indoor air.
Here’s just some of what you can do to clean things up a bit:
HEPA Vacuum Filter
Unless you’re using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, you’re scattering around as much dust as your vacuum is picking up. In fact, vacuums with HEPA filters eliminate smoke, mold, dust, pollen and bacteria in the air to provide relief for allergy and asthma sufferers.
No Smoking, Please
As obvious as this tip might sound, there are still too many households where smoking is permitted. If not for your own sake, then at least for the sake of others, smoke outside if you must smoke at all.
Change Your HVAC Filters
Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not impacting your indoor breathing. We’re talking about your AC and furnace air filters. By design, their job is to trap and collect airborne dirt, dust, and pollutants to help your home comfort systems work as efficiently as possible. And yet, if they’re not cleaned or replaced on a regular basis, the dirt and dust attached to the filters will be blown into your air ducts and throughout your home.
Open the Windows
An airtight house may help keep cooling and heating costs down, but they’re bad for indoor air quality. That’s because indoor air, polluted or otherwise, has nowhere to go, so it keeps circulating around you. One solution? Open some windows to let bad air out and cleaner air in.
Become a Plant Lover
If you already have a few indoor plants, buy more and put them in different rooms. If you don’t have any, start stocking up and learn proper care techniques. But not just any plants will do. Some are known for their ability to help clean the air by absorbing bacteria into the soil which serves as a plant nutrient. Some of the more effective air-cleaning plants are Boston Fern, Spider Plants, Areca Palm, Philodendron, and more. Talk to your local florist to learn more.
Turn to GBT Heating & Cooling
There are two primary ways we can help improve your indoor air quality. The first is with annual heating and cooling system preventive system. A cleaned and well inspected system is more likely to keep harmful pollutants out of the air.
Secondly, we can install a whole-house air filtration system for year-round air quality improvement. We have different options available, with one just right for your home and family. Contact GBT today for more information and free proposal.