While your home’s HVAC system does filter out particles in the air through HVAC air filters, it is not constant. What about the times when the system is off? Unless you have a separate unit that is always filtering indoor air, there are other ways to improve indoor air quality after receiving HVAC service in St. Louis, MO.
If you take steps to help the air inside of your home to stay clean and healthy, then your HVAC system will not be overworked, air filters won’t need replacing too often and you’ll breathe better. Here are some tips to consider.
Get potted houseplants
Purifying indoor air is easier than you may think; it’s something all of us should be doing. Put plants in bedrooms as well as other rooms in your home to eliminate volatile compounds—and don’t forget that indoor plants make lovely home accents. Here are some easy to care for and air purifying houseplants that don’t require much of a green thumb: aloe, snake plant, weeping fig, azalea, peace lily and English ivy.
Don’t use harsh cleaners
Yes, it’s good habit to maintain a clean, germ-free living space for a healthy home, which also includes purifying the indoor air. So it is important that you avoid cleaning your home with cleaners that are filled with chemicals or toxic ingredients. Harsh cleaners are not healthy for you, your family or pets, and you definitely should not breathe in any of them. Odors and fumes can attack your sinuses, eyes and respiratory system, not to mention the fact that toxic fumes will linger in the air for days and settle on your stuff. Switch to non-toxic, organic or natural household cleaners and notice your breathing improve.
Open windows to let in fresh air
One way to improve indoor air quality is to open windows and exterior doors. By doing this you cycle stale air out of your house, thus allowing the fresh air from nature to come in. Of course, because you don’t want to invite air pollutants in, opening up windows depends on a number of factors, including the weather, pollen count, allergy sufferers in your household and whether anyone in the neighborhood is doing yard work. It’s not only good for fresh air, either—opening windows also lets your HVAC rest.
Buy a new efficient vacuum
Pet fur, dirt, dust, pollen—if you have children, pets or both, a good vacuum cleaner is likely to be a part of your home cleaning arsenal. But just how efficient and effective is your vacuum? Whether it’s been some time since you’ve purchased a new one or it’s no longer serving your floors well, consider researching the newest vacuums on today’s market. Look for energy efficient devices fitted with a built-in filter to trap indoor pollutants from reentering the room, and get one that will work best for your type of flooring—whether hardwood, laminate or carpet—so as much debris as possible gets sucked up.
After your appointment with Ashley Brothers Heating & Cooling for residential HVAC service in St. Louis, MO, take measures to prevent unhealthy air inside your home. Whether it’s buying some houseplants or trading your toxic cleaners for natural solutions, anything you can do will help.