Tuesday, 22 October 2013

4 Important Tips For Cleaner Air Inside The Home

Did you know that poor air quality inside the home can result in respiratory infections, allergic reactions, weakened immune system, and numerous other ailments? And to make matters worse, most families go about their daily routine completely oblivious to the fact their air is dirty. The good news is that you can improve the quality of air inside your home by taking some basic steps. To learn more tips for cleaner air, keep reading.

Tip #1) Change The Air Filter

I think we've all been guilty of allowing our air filters to go unchanged for longer than the 'recommended' duration. Most HVAV filters should be changed once a month for optimal performance. Allowing an old filter to remain inside your home for any longer will only reduce its effectiveness at filtering dust, dirt and impurities from the air.

Tip #2) Reduce Humidity

It's a little known fact that humidity goes hand-in-hand with air quality. Homes with a consistently high humidity level will encourage the growth of mold and mild, which is something that you don't want to see happen. You can reduce your home's humidity levels by using the air conditioner on a regular basis or by using a dehumidifier.

If you aren't sure about your home's current humidity levels, I recommend setting up a monitor to gauge it. Moisture vapor buildup in the air can have detrimental consequences not only on the air quality, but also the walls, structure and furnishings of your home. The water will gradually saturate everything it comes into contact with, resulting in rot and decay.

Tip #3) Houseplants

Of course, adding some houseplants to your home is yet another simple technique for improving air quality. Mother's Tongue, English Ivy, Weeping Fig, Cornstalk Plant and Pot Mum are all excellent choices for indoor use. When bacteria, mold, dust and other impurities hits the plants' leaves, its absorbed and replaced with fresh oxygen. Adding just a single houseplant to your home will have dramatic affect on its overall air quality.

It's important to note that even 'low-maintenance' houseplants require a little care and attention to grow. You'll need to provide them with a proper growing medium (soil containers should work find), along with light, water and nutrition. Keep your plants near a well-lit window for optimal growth and health.

Tip #4) Air Purifiers

A fourth tip that's helpful for improving a home's air quality is to use an air purifier. These devices come in mechanical and electric models, but of which serve the same purpose -- to pull out dust, dirt and impurities from the air.

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