Does your home seem unusually dusty? Are you constantly battling the sniffles? Is static electricity a persistent problem? If so, these are just signs of contaminated indoor air, something that negatively impact your family’s health and the comfort you depend on.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 50% of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality caused by these and other factors:
- Tiny particles and biological contaminants like pollen, dirt, mold, bacteria, pet dander, dust mites and viruses can trigger allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems.
- Odors and chemical vapors from sources like perfumes, cleaning supplies, paints, pets and cooking fumes can cause headaches, fatigue and allergic reactions.
- Too little humidity can cause dry skin, sore throats and increase the risk of infections and respiratory ailments
7 Ways to Improve the Indoor Air Quality Your comfort
If you’re the type who likes to take matters into your own hands, we’re confident you’ll find one or more of the following tips useful toward the goal of improving the quality of your indoor air:
- Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and particulates that build up indoors; be sure to change vacuum filter bags or clean dirt cups often, to ensure that the dust and dirt doesn’t end up back in your home.
- Use the power of nature to help clean the air indoors – buy some plants! Certain indoor plants are highly effective at removing bacteria and other airborne particles from the air. House plants known for their air cleansing effect include Boston Fern, Dracaena, Peace Lily, and Common Ivy.
- Have your air ducts cleaned about every four years to rid them of built-up dust, dirt, and other airborne contaminants.
- Use natural cleaning products, which contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or toxic chemicals.
- Remove your shoes when you come indoors to prevent a host of dirt, dust and other particles from spreading throughout your home.
- Check air conditioning and furnace filters at least every two months, and replace or clean them as needed.
- Encase your mattress and pillows in plastic to protect against dust mites.
For a more comprehensive solution, contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air today. We offer whole-house air filtration systems, for example, that can rid your home of 99%+ of airborne pollutants as they attempt to pass through your air ducts. At your request, we’ll be happy to visit you at home to tell you more, answer your questions, and provide you with a free new system proposal.