There are many ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home without having to spend too much money.
Indoor air quality matters because it relates to your health; you can get very sick if the air quality is bad. Sometimes detecting bad inside air is easy because you will notice an unpleasant odor or see dirt particles. But all too often, people will not notice their air is terrible. If you suspect you have bad air, try these cheap and easy tips:
Tip #1: Install a New Air Filter
Your HVAC's air filter is the primary way for your heating and cooling system to clean your indoor air. Over time, a filter will get dirty and be unable to remove contaminants from the air. Additionally, an old filter will make it harder for the HVAC air handler to move air through your home. This results in higher energy bills and less air flow. With less air flow, air will become stale before getting clean.
Tip #2: Place Indoor Plants Inside Your Home
Plants are great for reducing stale air because they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. And a few particular plants, such as the spider plant, will also remove chemicals from the air, including volatile organic compounds. Then there’s the bonus of having a nice bit of greenery inside the home, too.
Tip #3: Open the Windows
Air doesn’t get fresher than directly from nature, so opening the windows is one of the best and easiest ways to flush out stale air from inside and pull in natural air from the outside. Opening windows for circulation is even more important when there are chemicals or toxins inside that are harmful to humans or pets. One thing to keep in mind about opening windows is that during allergy season, the incoming outdoor air will have a lot of pollen, which can be really bad for allergy suffers.
At Certified Electric, Inc., we have had plenty of experience finding ways to improve and maintain indoor air quality in homes and offices. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call and set up a time for one of our HVAC professionals to find tailored ways to improve your home’s air quality.