One thing that becomes an issue as the temperatures heat up is air quality. Whether or not you spend a great deal of your time outside or indoors so you can beat the heat, air quality should always be a primary concern. As easy as simple as it would be for one to judge the purity and quality of the air from breathing it, that’s not possible. You can’t always tell what’s in the air you are breathing until you have it tested and analyzed.
Recent research shows that air quality inside of homes and buildings is often poorer than outside. This may be kind of alarming to learn since there are many obvious signs of pollution, contamination and other issues that negatively impact air quality outdoors. While there is only so much you can do to improve the air outside, there are many things you can do to improve the quality of air inside of your home.
Inspect the Vent Registers
Many people do not pay much attention to their vent registers until they are adjusting them. But if you were to take a good look at them every now and then, you may notice that they dust on them. If that is the case, you may need to do one of two things. The first is to dust and vacuum your home more often. The other is to pay attention to how often you notice dust accumulating on your vents to determine if it is time for you to have them cleaned on the inside. Vent registers that get dirty often usually indicate that there may be high levels of dust and dirt inside of your home’s ventilation system.
If you notice that you have to vacuum your floors more often than usual or your furnishings need to be dusted more than once or twice a week, you should have an HVAC technician come out to inspect inside of your home’s ventilation ducts. Chances are, a professional cleaning is necessary to eliminate the dirt and dust inside of them. Bear in in that a ventilation duct cleaning won’t necessary rid your home of all the dust and dirt that’s floating about. But it will reduce the amount that is present inside of your home. You’ll have cleaner air to breathe, improved air quality and better health.
Use Indoor Plants
You can use all of the HEPA approved filters in the world, vacuum every day, and get regular ventilation duct cleanings you want. But if you don’t work on adding natural methods to improve your home’s indoor air quality, you are not going to improve it as much as you want. Plants are natural air filters. They absorb many harmful particles out of the air and provide cleaner air for you to breathe. They add beauty, function and help to create a peaceful and soothing environment.
Because there are so many plants for you to consider, you should take your time with selection. Think about your housekeeping habits and if you are willing to care for high or low maintenance plants. You should also think about if you or any of your family members are allergic to any kind of plants. Once you’ve taken those things into consideration, start looking for plants that you can use to improve your indoor air quality.
If you are looking for additional ways to improve your home’s air quality, you should ask your HVAC service provider for recommendations that are tailored specifically to your situation. M & A HVAC Services is here to address all your heating, cooling and ventilation concerns, day and night.