You may not have known this, but the air inside your home could be hiding more pollutants than outside air. These pollutants can aggravate seasonal allergies here in Elkhart. Thankfully, maintaining your home’s air quality isn’t as demanding as you might think, and with a few small, consistent changes, you can lower the chance these pollutants and allergens will bother you. Here are five objective steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home:
Regular cleaning to remove dust, debris and dirt is an easy way to significantly increase the quality of the air in your home. This involves dusting, vacuuming and mopping the surfaces and floors of your home that are most likely to accumulate these substances. If you have pets, you’ll also be taking care of loose fluff and pet dander.
Taking steps to clean outside your home is also highly beneficial, specifically around the places where your HVAC system is housed. You can remove excess leaves and yard debris as well as clean away mold or mildew. With this consistent cleaning, you’ll remove these particles before they have a chance to circulate throughout your HVAC system, and keep from breathing any of them in!
Even though they fill your home with attractive fragrances, many common air fresheners contain chemicals that can adversely affect your home’s air quality. It can be challenging to figure out the intricate claims many brands make about the safety of their ingredients. To avoid these irritants altogether, find sprays that are free of chemical fragrances as well as non-aerosol. However, if you just can’t get enough of that fresh lemon scent, give baking soda and fresh- sliced lemons a try! This natural alternative gives off a pleasing smell, and is air-quality approved. Potpourri and other organic materials are also reliable choices if you want fresh-smelling air without all the unknown ingredients.
Adding some live plants to your home is another fantastic, natural way to better the quality of air in your HVAC system. There are many stylish plants that not only look nice but remove a range of of common airborne irritants. If you have pets, do keep in mind that some of these plants are toxic. Do some research before purchasing any plants and placing them in your home where your dog or cat can reach them. If that’s something you don’t want to worry about, add however many to a space as you like! They’ll require plenty of sunlight and water, but if you’ve got a green thumb, plants are one of the most appealing ways you can change your decor and air quality at the same time.
As you might already know, the air filters in your home play a large part in maintaining the quality of air that’s distributed around your home. Selecting the right filter for your Elkhart home can help trap and remove debris and allergens from your HVAC system, keeping the quality of air high. But that’s only half the battle. Regular maintenance, cleaning and changing of your filter can ensure cleaner, healthier air for a long time, while giving your HVAC system the chance to run at peak efficiency.
The educated, insured and fully trained experts at BW/Cook Service Experts in Elkhart understand the essential nature of keeping your home’s air and HVAC system free of pollutants, allergens and other debris. We’ll work tirelessly to keep it that way, and keep you comfortable. For the highest-quality HVAC service!
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