Improving Indoor Air Quality

5 Tips to Help You Freshen Your Indoor Air Quality

1. Get Some Plants

A plant’s natural cycle through photosynthesis helps get rid of carbon dioxide and increase oxygen, but certain plants can do even more. Air purifying plants such as Spider Plants, Aloe Vera, and Peace Lilies actually suck in toxins and contaminants such as formaldehyde—plus it’s proven that keeping plants in your home can help boost your mood!

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2. Clean Regularly

Cleaning regularly helps keep small airborne particles from reentering your home’s air supply. Vacuuming weekly (especially if you have pets) will pick up pet dander, dust, dirt, and other contaminants that could have been tracked in with your shoes or entered on a breeze through your open windows or a door.

Another important tip a lot of people may miss is dusting. Dusting can seem like a task you only need to do every few months, but dusting regularly helps pick up any dirt, dander, and old skin cell particles that have settled on your surfaces. Make sure to toss out your old feather duster—dusting with a microfiber cloth will ensure you’re actually picking up the particles instead of just spreading them around to reenter your air supply.

3. Invest in an Air Purification System

Air purification systems do exactly what you may think they do—purify your air. There are many different kinds of air purification types to choose from. Electrostatic cleaners catch particles by positively charging them while airborne, then draw them to negatively charged metal plates while others work by sending charged ions into the air that capture and neutralize potentially hazardous particles.

Any professional HVAC technician can help guide you to the right kind of air purification system for your needs. Contact our team if you would like to learn more about air purification!

4. Install a HEPA Filter

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. These air filters draw air through different sized filters to catch multiple kinds of particulates. HEPA filters can clean your air of pollen, tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust mites, and other kinds of particles that are known to aggravate allergies and asthma.

5. Ditch the Candles

Did you know candles can harm your indoor air quality? Synthetic fragrance candles can release carcinogenic toxins such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and soot into your air supply. People who are sensitive to these chemicals may experience dizziness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Cut back on the synthetic fragrances and switch to potpourri or 100% beeswax candles without synthetic scents.

Freshening your indoor air quality can depend on the state of your home, the climate you live in, and many other factors. Contact our HVAC experts today at (330) 400-3334 to learn how we can assist your air quality improvement efforts!