Although many people regularly associate pollution with outdoor areas, the reality is that the most harmful contaminants lurk inside your home. Household cleaners, fragrances, and dust are just a handful of the indoor pollutants and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that appear regularly on home air quality tests. To make matters worse, most people spend the majority of their time indoors. However, this problem is easily rectified. To naturally improve the air quality in your Palmetto, Florida, home, follow these handy tips that will have you breathing easy all year long.
Buy Some Houseplants
One of the easiest ways to improve your indoor air quality is to do it the same way that nature does. Many small plants and flowers are particularly effective at filtering the air of harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Some of the most popular air cleaners include garden mums, azaleas, aloe vera, and bamboo palms.
Clean or Replace HVAC Filters
The filter in your furnace or air conditioner is one of the most integral barriers in preventing indoor air pollution. They trap and kill bacteria, mold, and viruses, preventing them from entering the home via air ducts. That’s why it’s so important to change them as soon as they get dirty. A dirty filter cannot remove debris from the air that passes through it. We will also check and replace your filter during annual maintenance visits.
Open the Windows
Unless it’s oppressively hot or bitterly cold, opening your windows and doors can go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. It allows stale or dusty air to escape the house while letting clean air enter the home. Turning on the fans will also help to make this process even more effective.
Improving indoor air quality doesn’t require a lot of work or expense. Instead, it just needs some forethought and a few easy-to-follow ideas. If you’ve tried the above suggestions, but still have IAQ problems, it’s time to call All American Heating and Cooling at 941-479-6060. We’ll find solutions to provide you with the best air quality possible.
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