The air you breathe at home can significantly impact your overall health. Most dust, smoke and bacteria particles are often .3 microns or less in size – and all of them are potential triggers for asthma and allergy attacks. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. Making sure that the indoor air quality in your home is a priority can help reduce the instances of allergen-related illnesses.
The most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to reduce air pollution and eliminate or reduce the sources of contaminants and ensure optimal ventilation. Here are some tips to help you improve the indoor air quality of your home:
- Change your filter. Your furnace filter needs to be changed regularly – and by that we don’t mean once a year. A high-quality furnace filter, changed on a regular basis, helps to filter out the dirt and dust so that it doesn’t go through the blower fan and recirculate through your air ducts. For more, check out our blog on changing your furnace filters http://homebridgecanada.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-changing-your-furnace-filter/.
- Not only does regular housekeeping make your home look great, it also improves air quality. Vacuuming and dusting regularly will help remove much of the dirt and allergens swirling around.
- Open the windows to let in fresh air (especially while you’re cleaning or cooking). Running your ceiling fans is also a good way to keep the air circulating. Also, don’t forget to turn on the exhaust fan when cooking to avoid those noxious vapours, grease, and smoke being released into the air.
- Control the humidity. Mold and mildew thrive in humid areas so try to keep the humidity level in your home below 50% and always ensure proper ventilation in damp areas. An AC unit can significantly reduce the overall humidity while keeping your house nice and cool.
- House plants. Placing a few house plants around your home can also help improve air quality naturally. Potted plants work to clean the air by absorbing some of the particulates at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. Try an aloe vera plant or a Boston fern.
- Proper ventilation. Ventilation helps remove or dilute indoor airborne pollutants coming from indoor sources, so again, keep windows open to allow clean air from outside to cycle through and stagnant air from inside to flow out.
Improving indoor air quality is a great way to help your family breathe easier. If you’re looking to have your outdated HVAC system replaced, or want to install a new air conditioner, call HomeBridge Canada today.
We can help clean the air in your home: 1-866-876-9986.