• Howard Gallagher

How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

As spring progresses there are more allergens and substances in the air to make you sick . Improving your air quality requires removing pollutants ,greenhouse gas emissions and germs from the air. Here are 5 tips to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

Use Nature’s Air Purifiers

Plants are natural air purifiers that suck toxic chemicals through their leaves and remove trace levels of toxic vapors through their roots. Common Air Purifying Plants are spider plant, ficus and bamboo palm.

Consider An Air Purifier

Running an air purifier can be more effective than just using plants and cleaning your home. They work well in removing household allergens from your home. Air purifiers range in price and functionality. HEPA filters run about $25-$35 and can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores.

Clean Overlooked Areas

Virtually every inch of your home can attract dust and dirt. Keep an eye out for cluttered baseboards when sweeping, mopping or vacuuming, and clean your ceiling fans at least every two months. Excess moisture may also cause mold and mildew to form on surrounding areas . Special care is needed for carpet floors. Carpet can trap dust,dirt and dust mites. This can agitate people with seasonal allergies and asthma.

Check Your Air Filter

Your HVAC air filter is an important part in your HVAC unit. It protects your home against allergens in the air. Clogged air filters lose their efficiency. Air Filters should be replaced every 3 months.

Keep Exhaust Fans On

This is important especially when cooking. As food and cooking oil heats up, formaldehyde and other substances can come into the air. Always cook with the kitchen exhaust fan on to ensure air flow in your home.