People may be surprised to learn that the air quality in their own homes may be making them sick. Indoor pollutants can contribute to everything from asthma to more serious diseases, like lung cancer and Legionnaire’s disease.
The good news is that you can take steps right now to improve your indoor air quality. In fact, we list the top five ways to do just that in the steps below. If you’d like more information on this topic, or if you would like us to help you upgrade the appliances in your home, give Ambient Edge a call at (888) 240-8283 to schedule an in-home consultation.
The easiest way to improve the air quality in your home is to open your windows. Allowing air to flow through your home forces fresh air in and contaminants out. Of course, this may be a lot easier to do in the suburbs, rather than the city where there tend to be more pollutants in the air. If you live in the city, it’s better to open the windows when traffic is quieter, like in the wee hours of the morning, or in the middle of the night.
You can also invest in something called a “trickle ventilator.” Trickle ventilators pull outside air in through a filter, which then “trickles” the cleaned air into your home. The best place to put a trickle ventilator is in the kitchen, as this tends to be the area of the home that creates the most pollutants.
2. Clean Your Air Ducts
Letting pollutants build up in your air ducts is not a good idea. Air will continue to flow through the ducts whether they’re polluted or not, and if they are, the air will simply drag those pollutants with it as it filters throughout your home. Hiring a professional to perform regular maintenance on your duct system can do wonders for the air quality in your home.
3. Adopt a Houseplant
Adding a houseplant to your home is actually a great, natural way to combat indoor air pollution. Through the process of “phytoremediation,” plants pull harmful pollutants from the air naturally through the process of photosynthesis. Experts recommend you have one plant in each room, or thereabouts, to reap the maximum benefits. Plus, each plant has its own talent for removing one or more of the most common household toxins.
Some of the hardest-working houseplants include:
- Bamboo Palm
- English Ivy
- Dracaena plants, specifically Janet Craig, Red-Edged, or Warneckii Dracaena plants
Just be sure to check the ASPCA’s list of toxic household plants before you buy if you have pets. You may be surprised to learn how many common plants, from mums to lavender, are toxic to dogs, cats, and even horses! In fact, even the Dracaena plant is on the list, so if you have pets, be cautious.
4. Burn a Beeswax Candle
The benefits humans reap from bees continues with beeswax candles. Burning one of these can remove all kinds of harmful substances from the air, including dust, pollen, and pollutants. As the candle burns, it actually attracts these substances to it, causing them to either be sucked into the candle and burned, or to drop from the air, allowing you to vacuum it up, rather than breathe it in. Plus, beeswax candles are great if you prefer to use all-natural products in the home.
5. Use Green Cleaning Products
Cleaning products and other products with strong fragrances can pollute your indoor air. Lemon, baking soda, and vinegar make for great alternatives to harsh chemicals. Not only do you not have to worry about them around your kids and pets, but you also aren’t harming the environment or putting your own health in danger by using them. Industrial cleaners, on the other hand, leave behind a residue that can reduce the quality of the air you breathe.
Looking to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality? Ambient Edge Can Help!
In addition to the tips provided above, one of the most important things you can do for your home is to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system. A dirty air conditioner filter or a failing boiler that is spewing out noxious fumes, for example, can have a negative effect on your health and the health of everyone around you.
Our technicians at Ambient Edge can inspect your HVAC system and ensure that it is in ship-shape. We can perform periodic maintenance so that there is never a build-up of contaminants in your system, and we can help you upgrade old or faulty appliances with more energy-efficient and greener appliances. Plus, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee in the event you are unhappy with our products or labor.
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, fill out the contact form on our website, or call us at (888) 240-8283, and let’s get started!