There are a lot of us that make conscious choices to improve our outdoor air quality. We carpool, we change the filter in your car. Some of us even make sure to turn off our engine if it’s running on idle for more than a minute or so. And all of these things play a direct role in decreasing our air pollution.
However, did you know that according to many energy experts, indoor air quality is as much as 2-5 times more polluted than the air that’s outside? That’s why it’s important that we do everything we can to improve the airflow and filtration inside of our homes as well.
If you’d like a few helpful tips on how you can do just that, we have provided you with five of them below:
Change your air filters. Something you can do to improve your airflow and filtration that is relatively easy and affordable is to change your air filters. According to most HVAC technicians, this is something that you should do every 60-90 days. You can find them at one of your local home improvement stores and they tend to take less than 10 minutes to replace.
Check your air registers. Have you been noticing weak airflow? If so, you should double-check your registers. All you need to do is use a damp cloth on them to remove any of the dust and debris. However, it is important to keep in mind that since vents tend to be located all throughout your house, if you have furniture or throw rugs that are covering them, you might want to move those things out of the way as well.
Maintenance your air ducts. Here’s something that might surprise you: Did you know that leaky air ducts literally count for as much as 20 percent of the airflow issues that most of us have inside of our homes? That’s why it’s important to check your air ducts about once a season. It’s also a good idea to vacuum them out as well. If you’d like some step-by-step instructions on how to properly maintenance your air ducts, visit Air Duct Maintenance, ARS or EPA.gov and put “air duct maintenance” in the search field.
Have your unit checked by a professional twice a year. If you’re looking for a combination of tips that will improve your airflow and filtration and also tips to save money on your heating bill , here’s one: it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician come and personally inspect your unit twice a year; once in the spring and again in the fall. That way, they can look to see if there are any issues with your unit that you wouldn’t notice without dismantling it.
Purchase some indoor plants. Our last tip is one that will improve your home’s look and air quality at the same time. By buying some indoor plants, they will help to remove the toxins out of the room of your house. Some of the best plants to do this include the Spider plant, Gerber daisy, Snake plant, Golden pothos and the Aloe Vera plant. For a list of other plants that can make the air in your home cleaner and safer, visit MNN and put “houseplants for improving indoor air quality” in the search field.
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