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Improving Home Air Quality

We’ve talked about it before. Air quality is important.  We’ve also talked about how the air you’re breathing in the city is often not the top of the shelf oxygen we’d prefer. The nature of crowded cities, bustling traffic and industrialization. But is there anything you can do to halt that wave of contaminants at the door? In fact, there are! Here are some tips that you can put to use around the house to improve the quality of the air you and yours are breathing at home!

Plants

We talked about this back in November, so I’ll refer you to that informational post for more. In short, having live (sorry fake plastic trees!) foliage spread about your abode has a measured ability to clean the air and freshen it up.

Clean Up!

Sure, sure, you never want to admit that maybe dear old mom was right about it and the place could use a cleaning. Well, when it comes to air quality that’s priority numero uno. Keeping your house clear of dust will prevent all those particles from living in your air. Worse than dust is mold. Mold and mildew will take root wherever they can find the conditions, specifically moisture, and soon they’ll be pumping out spores to continue to propagate their kind. Before the invader gets a foothold, take to it with cleaner and free your air from their clutches!

Maintenance

The HVAC, the keystone to your home climate. We mention it almost weekly, but keeping it up to snuff is one of the biggest facets in maintaining the quality of your air. Changing the filter regularly will remove all those particles pulled from the air as well as allowing your unit to work efficiently. Having a technician come out to perform in-depth service also ensures that it isn’t pushing any contaminants into the home from malfunctioning pieces.

Obviously, everyone cares about keeping their home at that perfect temperature for them (I prefer a cool low 70s) but air quality is even more important. Follow these three steps: Plants, Clean, Maintain to make sure your air is as fresh as possible. Oh, and absolutely don’t forget to keep your carbon monoxide detectors charged and working!

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