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7 Steps For Improving Air Quality In My Home

7 Steps for Improving Air Quality in my home

We here at General Air of Greenville South Carolina care about your health, and want you to know how to keep you improving air quality in your home throughout the year. We have written extensively about improving air quality before, but now we are going to into a deep dive, covering many topics and how they can help improving air quality in your home.

 

Plants!

 

Bringing indoor plants into your home is the top way for you to increase air quality in your home. Plants are not only nice to look at,  but are proven to increase happiness and productivity when introduced into a home. Plants naturally intake Co2 and output oxygen, increasing your healthy air levels. This alone will greatly improving air quality, by reducing Co2 levels. On top of this though, certain plants have added benefits.

Aloe for example, will show signs of wear if there are extreme pollutants in the air. Aloe plants will turn brown and wither when exposed to low air quality, letting you know to improve air quality as soon as possible. Other indoor trees will also help filter out toxins, such as formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals. Most indoor trees require little maintenance and can be kept alive and well easily, all while helping you improve air quality in your home.

 

Get some new air in the place!

 

This method for improving air quality might seem a bit obvious, but it is often overlooked. Your air conditioning units often simply recirculate the same air over and over throughout the house, leading to a stuffiness throughout. This is obviously detrimental to your improving air quality, and can often negate other positive benefits. One way to change this, is on more mild days open your windows and doors where possible. This influx of new air should help boost your air quality immediately.

 

Turn on your furnace blower

 

Much like your AC unit, your furnace rarely circulates new air. But, unlike your ac unit, your furnace could have a system for improving air quality already built in! Some units have UV filters on their blowers, which will kill off harmful bacteria and mold spores. While also recirculating air, this also helps improving your air quality by as much as 90%! Mold spores and bacteria can be very harmful, especially in the sick, young or old, so this filter can greatly decrease your chances of illnesses from bacteria or mold.

Air Filters, part 17

 

We have gone over, and over, and over, and over this before, but air filters are the biggest cause of not only energy waste in your home, but also the recirculation of harmful toxins and chemicals. These utilities, which sit at the intake vent of your ac system, help filter and improving your air quality throughout the day. But, if the filters are filled, they are not able to filter as efficiently. This is because the air has to use more force to work its way through the system. This means that the air pushing against the filter is stronger, and flecks of dust, dander, and toxins can get dislodged and sent throughout your home. Meaning your home isn’t cooled or heated as efficiently and reduces your air quality. Not good!

 

Control your humidity

 

Humidity can be either a saving grace for improving air quality, or the worst case scenario. In the winter it can be wonderful, keeping you from drying out and keeping your home warmer. Too much though, like in the summer, spring and sometimes fall can be terrible for improving air quality. Too much humidity can build up, condensing in hard to reach places. This condensation can cause mold and mildew to build, which can be very harmful

The best way to keep this from happening is to keep your humidity under control and monitored, with either a dehumidifier, humidifier, or both. The goal is to keep it within 45%, to 55% humidity, and never getting above 60%. These are the optimal humidities, which can help greatly improve air quality throughout your home. Keeping these temperatures would be based on seasons, so having a humidity monitor will help you make sure you are constantly improving air quality. General Air of Greenville South Carolina is also eager to help install and setup any humidity monitors and controllers.

 

Vacuum Regularly

 

This one might not seem like a step to improving air quality, but you would be surprised at the utility vacuums have for cleaning your air. Vacuuming with the windows open can help expel dust and dander from your home, as well as other harmful contaminants. They can also pick up items that would eventually get sent into the air, such as hair and other particles. But most of all, some vacuums are preinstalled with an air purifier! So some vacuums not only clean your floors, but also filter the very air in your home as they operate. This can have substantial impact on improving air quality, and can create a much healthier home environment.

 

Non-Toxic

 

Try to use as many non-toxic cleaning agents as possible. Mixing lemon juice with vinegar, soda water, or other naturally or unscented products can greatly improv air quality. These substances often do not have chemicals made to make scents stick, so they do not cause as much lingering damage. They also do not harm the environment, which is a double bonus. Also, never use aerosol sprays, as they have been proven to be harmful to both the environment and you.

 

As always, for more specific answers to your improving air quality needs and questions, do not hesitate to contact the experts at General Air of Greenville South Carolina.

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