The quality of the air that we breathe indoors is just as important as the quality of the air we breathe outdoors, perhaps more so, considering how much time we spend inside.
It is, therefore, a good idea to look into how you can improve the quality of your indoor air. There are several ways to improve your indoor air quality naturally without the need for harsh chemicals or professional intervention.
However, sometimes your ducts are so worn out, or your HVAC system so old, that no matter what you try, you simply can’t improve your indoor air quality without a repair or a replacement. In that case, Ambient Edge can certainly help. Simply give our team a call at 888-628-5890, and we’ll take a look at your system and see what we can do.
Natural Indoor Air Quality Improvements
So, what can you do to try to improve the quality of your indoor air naturally? There are actually several things you can try.
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Open the Windows
This may sound so obvious that it’s silly, but it’s true – opening the doors and windows in your home can do wonders for air quality. It’s something many of us either forget we can do, or don’t want to do if it’s chilly outside. But even for a few minutes a day, it’s good to get that stagnant winter air circulating again and flush out some of the dirt and toxins.
Ditch the Plants
This one may surprise you, but research shows that indoor plants may actually be more harmful than helpful in the long run when it comes to cleaning the air. This is because houseplants often become dusty and/or moldy, which compromises the air quality worse than if you never had plants at all. So, unless you can keep up with your plants regularly, it’s probably a better idea to skip the idea of houseplants at all.
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Pick Up an Air Purifier
To reduce some of the allergens in your home, you can invest in an air purifier. This is especially important for those who suffer from a constant stream of allergens they can’t otherwise control, such as having a pet cat and being allergic to cats!
You probably won’t be able to completely eliminate the allergens with a purifier, but you’ll certainly reduce them, which is an improvement, however slight, to your indoor air quality.
The same applies to a dehumidifier, which you may want to pick up if you have a damp basement or utility room. A dehumidifier will help dry out the room and reduce the number of mold allergens in the air.
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Cook with a Fan
You’ll often see in restaurants, no matter the time of year, that they have a large fan circulating the air in the kitchen. Not only does this cool the kitchen down, but it also disperses grease and smoke particles that are otherwise not the healthiest things to breathe in. You too can do this in your own kitchen by allowing an oscillating fan to circulate the air while you cook.
Keep Those Floors Clean
While you probably vacuum frequently if you have carpets in your home, there are other things you can do more regularly to cut down on potential pollutants in your indoor air. For one thing, put a rug or mat down at every entrance in your home. It’s ultimately best if you don’t wear your shoes into your home due to all the dirt and chemicals you bring in with you, but if you do wear your shoes inside, taking them off at the door will reduce the number of particles in your home.
The larger the mat, the better. This way, if people don’t wipe their feet but simply take their shoes off at the door, the mat will trap the dirt and germs, and they won’t travel throughout your home as much.
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If you have allergies, then it’s perhaps one of your top priorities to keep your home as clean as possible. Heck, even if you don’t suffer from allergies, you may develop them or simply feel plain miserable if the air quality in your home is not up to snuff. And if you take this advice and try these suggestions in your home and you still require HVAC service, at least you’ve halved the number of pollutants that can regularly enter your air. The next step is to bring in a professional indoor air quality inspection and testing company.
Ambient Edge’s team of technicians is fully licensed and insured, and we are available 24/7 for all HVAC services, large and small, emergency, and not-so-serious. Simply fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at 888-628-5890, and let’s get you back to breathing clean air again!