Living in Louisville, KY, how would you rate the air quality in your home? Let us assume you already have some safeguards in place. A suitable carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarms and perhaps a radon detector as well. These devices are essential equipment for your home, but that is not the whole story.
There are other contaminants floating in the air you need to combat. You might be quick to say it would be dust, but even dust is again, just the most visible sign of poor air quality. Let’s take a look at some tips on helping to maintain good, breathable air as part of a best practices approach.
Clean Your Home with Non-Toxic Products
Cleaning agents, sprays and many other cleaning products we have been accustomed to are worth a second look.
Most may not be labeled as poison outright, but many solvents and cleaners do have toxic properties that could be harmful long-term.
One way to change this but keep a spotless home is to go green when it comes to the cleaning products you buy. Method, Seventh Generation, and Ecos are a few brands you can trust. They do not leave any chemical residue and are kid and pet safe.
Adopt Plants That Filter Air
Nothing like getting a little help in cleaning the air you breathe. How is your green thumb? Having plants in the home is never a bad idea. In addition to looking nice, some house plants do an excellent job of filtering the air.
They remove things like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. You don’t want to breathe in those things. Some good plants include spider plants, which are easy to care for, and yellow mums are an air-purifying champion according to NASA research.
Allow Fresh Air Into the House
It may seem obvious but how about opening a few windows? It can be a catch 22 as it assumes the air outside your home is cleaner than the air inside.
However, moving fresh air through the house is cleansing and removes toxins that can change the ratio of what makes up the air in the house.
Even in the dead of winter, a 20-minute ventilation can do wonders. Be sure to open more than one window to facilitate airflow.
Periodically Change Your HVAC’s, Air Filter
When should you change the filter in your HVAC system? Well, when it is dirty of course. This is where we talk about dust and solid particles in the air.
Dust is just a part of the way the world works and as frustrating as it is, we are forever charged with keeping it to a minimum in the home. Your HVAC system is the first line of defense in making sure these things in the air are caught.
However, the more your filter catches dust and debris the harder your HVAC system has to work to move the air through your ducts that bring the house to the temperature on the thermostat. For cleaner air and a lower utility cost, go and check your filter and replace it.