1. Avoid Synthetic Air Fresheners
A potpourri pot full of natural items is great to improve the fragrance that lingers in your home – but synthetic fragrances and air fresheners can actually detract from the quality of your indoor air. They may contain ingredients that can irritate your upper respiratory system, which passed required “tests” but irritate the lungs of many nonetheless.
2. Keep Your Home & Bedding Clean
Blankets, pillows, couches, carpets, and other soft surfaces can absorb both contaminants and foul odors only to release them again later into the surrounding air. Dirt, odors, dust, dust mites, allergens, and mold spores may be lurking all over your house – cleaning consistently will eliminate many of them.
3. Keep The Humidity Ideal
Believe it or not, keeping your household humidity levels at between 30% and 50% will improve your indoor air quality. It will hinder the growth of mold and mildew and create an environment more inviting for people and less inviting for dust mites. Having a new humidifier or dehumidifier installed by a professional company can work wonders in this regard!
4. Clean Your Air Ducts
Another job for an HVAC pro would be to clean and properly maintain your air ducts and your whole HVAC system. This will greatly reduce dust circulation and recirculation of contaminants like pet dander, VOC paint fumes, pathogens, emittance from household cleaners, and more. Having an air purifier installed or (in some cases) attached to your furnace will further assist in minimizing these kinds of pollutants.
5. Open The Windows!
You may not realize how big of an impact just opening the windows for a few minutes every day can have on your indoor air. Any way you can increase ventilation and airflow is a plus. Wait until the warmest part of the day and just open the windows for an hour or two and enjoy the difference it makes!
6. Place Plants Throughout Your Home
All plants are good for air quality and will add oxygen to the air while reducing carbon dioxide. But certain forms of plant life do even more to reduce air contaminants, including chrysanthemums, Lilies, and English ivy.
7. Avoid Tobacco Smoke
Cigarette or cigar smoke doesn’t just disappear after you exhale. It soaks into the paint on the walls and into the furniture to be re-emitted later. It circulates through the HVAC system. It becomes second-hand smoke that can have a serious impact on the health of all living in the house.
8. Avoid High-VOC Paints
Check to see if the paint on your indoor walls and ceilings is low-VOC. VOC fumes from paints are a significant health risk, so it would be worth re-painting with a low-VOC alternative paint product if necessary.
For more helpful tips on improving your indoor air quality, including humidifiers, air purifiers, and duct cleaning, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning today!