6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Contrary to popular belief, the air inside your house might be quite a lot more harmful, dirty and even toxic than the air outside. Mold, dust mites, bacteria, and fungi may act as allergens in your house. Other toxins in your house may include fumes from paints and furnaces, fragrance aerosols, furniture as well as chemicals from home cleaning agents.

To improve the air quality inside your house, some of these tips may come in handy, especially for all those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

1. Air out your house

Adequate aeration of your house is probably the simplest yet most important way of improving air circulation in your house. Open your windows to let out toxic fumes as well as allergens and let in cleaner outside air.

In addition to this, you could get a portable or a ceiling fan to encourage the circulation.

2. Clean your Ducts

When your heating and AC system blows air into your home, that air must pass through the duct system. Over time the ducts build up dust and dirt, so a dirty duct becomes a source of dirty air in your home. Regular duct cleanings can go a long way toward improving your home’s air quality.

3. Use environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning agents

Always research on what you intend to buy. Most households are rendered toxic due to the types of products used for cleaning. Alternative and safe methods of cleaning your house include using pantry-type ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda.

4. House plants

Some houseplants are proven to reduce the number of toxins in your house and at the same time producing much-needed oxygen. These natural air filters suck up carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and even benzene. Some of the best air cleaning plants include the bamboo palm, the peace lily as well as the English Ivy.

5. Get an air cleaner

There are a variety of air cleaners, from tabletop models to whole house air cleaners. The tabletop models usually don’t do much, but the expensive whole house ones are excellent when it comes to removing particulates.

6. Change your air filters

A clogged air filter on your HVAC system not only causes your system to work overtime, it fails at actually filtering the air circulating through. Change your air filters at least once a month or whenever they look dirty.

For the best indoor air quality services in Phoenix and Tucson, contact Western States Home Services today!