How to Improve Indoor Air Quality this Spring
Warmer weather is on the way and spring is finally here! While annual spring cleaning mainly focuses on scrubbing floors, extensive de-cluttering and dusting, improving your indoor air quality is also extremely important. Poor-quality air can threaten you and your family’s health, so it’s important to make sure your living space is well-ventilated to keep pollutants out. In this article, we’ll explore how to improve indoor air quality and keep your home fresh:
Improve air naturally with house plants.
In addition to sprucing up any home’s interior, house plants act as an all-natural purification system to improve your indoor air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and people spend an estimated 90% of their time indoors. House plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen via photosynthesis, serving as a natural remedy to bring clean air into your home so you can breathe easy.
Groom your pets.
Pets enhance the overall quality of life for their human companions. With unmatched loyalty and unique bonds, the advantages are both therapeutic and rewarding. There is, however, a disadvantage to having our furry friends inside the home: decreased indoor air quality. Pets tend to shed fur, hair, and plenty of dander that circulates throughout the home and into your ventilation system.
Help control the amount of pollutant particles released into the air by regularly grooming your pet. Depending on your pets’ fur and coat, giving them a regular bath and brushing also helps control shedding. For cat parents who keep the litter box indoors, cleaning them out frequently, and any additional areas or surfaces they lounge on, goes a long way. Your lungs will feel the difference!
Open the windows.
One of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to improve indoor air quality is opening your windows. Even in the winter, opening windows for just 5 minutes a day allows fresh air to move into the house and alleviate the accumulation of harmful air pollutants.
Bonus tip: Improve the air in your kitchen by using fans to help cycle out potential air contaminants and cooking fumes.
Clean your window & door screens.
Being able to finally open the windows and enjoy the mellow breeze is a springtime mood-booster for any homeowner. However, opening them to improve your indoor air quality is essentially canceled out when dirty window and door screens blow pollutants right back into your home. Cleaning your screens frequently prevents accumulated particles from traveling inside, contaminating the air you breathe, and settling into your air ducts or HVAC filters. This spring, start wiping down your screens frequently to maintain air quality and escape additional costs of getting your HVAC unit fixed.
Run & maintain your HVAC system.
If you use central air conditioning, you already have an entire home air filtration system at your disposal. Because HVAC systems work by pulling air out of the home, cooling it and then circulating it back in. Most units already have filters in place to trap particles and air pollutants during the process. These filters also need to be changed regularly in order to filtrate your air properly.
Changing your air filters on a regular basis improves ventilation flow and prevents buildup, all of which helps to purify your indoor air. Additionally, cycling out old air filters protects your homes heating and cooling systems from damage so they can operate properly year-round.
Regular maintenance protects the efficiency and longevity of your central air conditioner, prevents extensive repairs, and lowers energy bill costs. Slomin’s HVAC service plans offer 3 budget-friendly options to choose from that cover ongoing system maintenance at affordable rates.
Upgrade your central AC this spring!
Having a comfortable space to retreat during the summer is essential. If your current HVAC system is older (~10 years or more), consider replacing it with an updated energy-efficient unit. Other benefits of a modern HVAC unit include:
- Cheaper utility bills thanks to energy-efficiency.
- Smart thermostat incorporated into your home automation system.
- Less noise, more comfort.
- Increased property value.