Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
When we think about improving the quality of air inside our home, we usually think about using protective screens or closing our windows to keep smoke, smog, dust and other outside contaminants from getting inside.
While these steps will help, they are not enough. We also have to consider what’s going on inside our homes. In fact, there’s a good chance that your indoor air contains more contaiminants that the air outside. This is due to the many chemicals in our home that release fumes that could be toxic to our health. Examples of this include detergents, plastic objects, fire-retardant materials, lead, or formaldehyde.
Biological sources of airborne contaminants also can cause health issues, such as allergens like pollen, pet dander, mold and dust mites.
With all of these challenges, how do we improve the indoor air quality of our homes? Here are some ways to do exactly that.
- Change your air filters often. Air filters keep dust and other contaminants from entering and being blown out of your ductwork or air conditioners. However, there comes a time when an air filter is simply too caked with dust to do its job properly. Not only will this result in the built-up dust being spread around your home, but it could also cause your HVAC/AC unit to break down.
- Get some plant life in your home. Having indoor plants can do wonders for your indoor air quality because plants release oxygen into the air. Some types release more than others. Great examples of indoor air purifying plants include spider plants, areca palms, aloe vera, bamboo palms and peace lilies.
- Stop smoking indoors. Cigarette smoke is unhealthy for everyone, and second-hand smoke is known to impact the health of those exposed to it who are non-smokers. To protect your indoor air quality, make this a hard-and-fast rule: If you must smoke, smoke outdoors.
- Reduce the clutter in your home. While keeping a few knick-knacks in your home for decorative purposes can be nice, having a lot of clutter in your home will attract not only a lot of humidity but also a lot of dust. Organize your items and avoid clutter to decrease the amount of dust settling in your indoor air.
- Get a professional air duct cleaning service to regularly clean and maintain your ductwork. We can’t stress this enough. You need your ductwork maintained by a professional team. By doing so, not only will your HVAC function better, but you will extend its service life and improve the air quality in your home.
By doing these things, you can ensure that the indoor air quality of your home will always be the best it can be. When you need our help with that process Contact Climate Partners online or give us a call at 203-457-8581 to have your ducts cleaned and maintained professionally in the New Haven and Fairfield Counties areas.