Do you neglect your home’s indoor air quality? Keeping your Fredericksburg, Virginia home’s indoor air quality in good condition is an important step in establishing a comfortable home, especially if you have family members with sensitive lungs. Here are three chores that will help to maintain your indoor air quality.
The air filters for your HVAC system need to be changed or cleaned regularly to keep the air in your home free from debris and allergens. Most times this filter is located inside your home. Simply replace it when you notice it starting to get dirty. As more debris accumulates on the filter, your HVAC system has to work harder to pull air through it. This increases the chances of dust making it through the filter and into your home. When buying new filters, make sure to look at the HEPA rating. The higher the number, the better its ability to remove debris from the air.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can wreak havoc on your home’s air quality and aren’t healthy to inhale. One of the most common ways VOCs enter your home’s air is through cleaning products. Using green household cleaners can help reduce the introduction of harmful chemicals to the air. Water with baking soda is a great homemade cleaner that won’t irritate sensitive lungs or introduce VOCs to your home environment.
Add Houseplants to Your Home
Decorating your home with air-purifying plants can improve your indoor air quality. If you have trouble sleeping at night, you should consider buying a snake plant. It releases oxygen and removes formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene from the air. In addition, spider plants, aloe vera, and The Chinese Evergreen also remove harmful toxins and clean your air. Just remember to water your plants as part of your daily chores.
Most families perform regular cleaning, but there are some extra steps that can make a huge difference in your indoor air quality. First, make sure you’re dusting everywhere, not just eye-level surfaces. Vents, the tops of bookshelves, and fan blades are common places for dust to accumulate and are regularly overlooked. Also, be sure to clean fabric household items like curtains and pillows regularly to remove allergen build up.
These three chores will start you on your way to cleaner air. If you’d like an assessment of your indoor air quality or help improving it, give Custom/Design Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. a call today at (540) 602-4119 to set up an appointment!
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Originally published in July 2018, updated in March 2020