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Breathe Easy with These 5 Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

Breathe Easy with These 5 Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

Fall has officially arrived, but before you start focusing on pumpkin pie, flannel shirts, and rain boots, it’s time to think about indoor air quality. As temperatures drop, windows close and indoor air quality suffers. Reduced air quality is linked to asthma, allergies, colds, fatigue, and headaches.

Time for a Tune-Up

No one wants a surprise over winter when their system suddenly stops working. Not only does a furnace tune-up keep it running clean, but the technician can also detect and resolve issues before they become dangerous or detrimental to system function. Your home air control system has been working hard for you around the clock, season after season. Fall is a great time to contact a qualified technician for a maintenance service.

Screen It Out

Change your filter. The Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program recommends that you change your furnace filter at least once every three months. A clean filter is more effective and creates less wear on your entire system. That translates to better efficiency and cleaner air. If you’re ready for an upgrade, products like the CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles.

Dig Deep

Clean house. It’s a great time for a whole-house deep cleaning. Use a HEPA filter vacuum system for carpets and dust all surfaces. Wipe down light fixtures, the top of cabinetry and underneath standing furniture. Eliminate mold and mildew through appropriate means. Removing dirt, dust, dander and pet hair from your house will reduce airborne particles and will give your air filter longer life.

Making an Entrance

Don’t forget the welcome mat. Once you’ve deep cleaned the interior, minimize the dirt and pollen brought back into the house. Replace worn out doormats and clean the existing ones. It’s also the perfect opportunity to institute a “shoes off” policy, removing shoes at the door. Reducing the spread of lung irritants will improve air quality throughout your house.

Nature’s Helping Hand

Houseplants serve as natural air purifiers. According to the National Institutes of Health, the top five houseplants to improve indoor air quality are the areca palm, lady palm, bamboo palm, rubber plant and dracaena. These plants are particularly helpful when there is a low exchange between inside and outside air. Not only do they release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis, they remove contaminants from the air through metabolic processes. If you have young children or pets, check the safety of each plant before you bring it indoors.

Oncoming fall weather doesn’t have to mean poor indoor air quality. Your home is your haven. With these five easy tips, you’ll improve indoor air quality and enjoy a hassle-free season. Contact our team of skilled professionals at 1st Choice Air Solutions to see how we can improve your indoor air quality today.

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