Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home or Business
We talk about the quality of the air we breathe outside and how pollution affects it. But how often do we consider the air quality within our homes and businesses? The truth is not enough! Considering we spend a majority of our time indoors, taking the time to ensure the air quality that you’re breathing during that time is critical.
Why does air quality matter?
Your home and business can be a host for a countless number of pollutants that we have no idea we are breathing in. So what might be circulating around in your home without you knowing?
- Carbon monoxide – this is a scary one but easy enough to keep under control with an installed detector
- Mold and mildew – another tricky one as it often hides in dark damp places or inside your wall
- Asbestos and lead – if your home or business is an older building these particles could be swimming around in your air
- Other harmful particles, chemicals, or gases – these can get tracked indoors by people or pets
What should you do about it?
Now that you know the harmful threats that plague our homes and businesses, try not to get overwhelmed. There are plenty of precautions you can take to improve the quality of the air you breathe and protect you, your family, and your employees. Try these simple tips out to improve the air quality in your home or business.
1. Regulate humidity levels indoors
The level of moisture in your air can directly affect the probability of things like mold and mildew to grow. You can keep the humidity levels at a comfortable and steady level by following a few simple tricks.
2. Let the fresh air in
When possible it is a great idea to open up your windows and let the fresh air in. Cross ventilation keeps the air circulating and can blow away dust particles that have been hanging around.
3. Change your air filters
Air filters trap the particles that run through your air conditioner and air ducts and keep them from circulating through your home and business. However, the air still has to pass through that filter, so when it gets dirty it’s important to swap it out. A good rule of thumb is to change your air filter every 1-2 months.
4. Grow house plants
They don’t just look good! House plants bring so many benefits to the air quality in your space. The increased production of oxygen into the air allows for natural purification.
5. Clean soft surfaces regularly
Don’t get lazy on the dusting and vacuuming. Especially when it comes to soft surfaces like your furniture and rugs, tons of tiny harmful particles get trapped in there and compromise the quality of your air. Cleaning regularly can cut down on that threat significantly.
Call the Experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning
When thinking about the safety of you, your family, and your employees, be sure to consult a professional if considering any alterations to your heating and air conditioning system. At Stephens Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we are ready to help you improve your air quality and make sure you are utilizing the right filters for your system.