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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

air qualityA Few Ways to Breathe Easier

As humans, we spend the majority of our lives indoors, which means the if we want to breathe clean air, we need to make sure we’re taking steps to make it clean. There are many things you can do to improve the quality of your air and reduce your consumption of dust, dirt, and other airborne particles. These include:

Smoke Outdoors

Cigarette smoke is not only dangerous to your health, it’s also dangerous to the health of your family members – especially if you smoke indoors. Tobacco smoke infiltrates your carpets and furniture, which means the people in your home will be constantly inhaling carcinogens. If you’re a smoker, make sure you smoke outdoors and as far away from your home as possible.

Invest in Household Plants

Plants are known to clean the air, so head to your local garden center and choose a plant for each of your home’s rooms. Some of the most popular houseplants that can filter out common chemicals include spider plants, aloe vera plants, peace lilies, azaleas, chrysanthemums, Chinese evergreens, and rubber plants.

Vacuum Regularly

Dirt, dust, mold, and other airborne particles can easily penetrate your carpet and be kicked back up into the air at any time, so make sure you vacuum your home on a regular basis. Invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner to get a deep clean. For an even deeper clean, invest in a carpet cleaning service.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Every HVAC unit has a filter that the air flows through before it reaches your home’s rooms. This filter is meant to trap harmful pollutants and particles so that they don’t float around your home and cause illnesses. The more often you change your HVAC filter, the cleaner your indoor air will be.

Use “Green” Products

Many common cleaning products are made with harmful chemicals like bleach, phosphates, ammonia, and more that can not only pollute the air that you breathe, but can also pollute the environment. Switch to “green” products – look for ones with labels like “solvent-free,” “non-toxic,” “all natural,” “ammonia-free,” or “phosphate-free.”

For more tips on how to keep your indoor air quality clean, contact our HVAC service experts.

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