Three Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
“Don’t let the air out!” It’s a cry heard all over North Florida during the long warm-weather season. Keeping windows and doors tightly closed helps keep summer heat or cold air at bay, but doing so can also trap pollutants inside. That’s not just a big concern for people with ailments like allergies and asthma. Indoor pollution can impact the health of every family member. Here are three easy ways to improve indoor air quality whenever the weather keeps you indoors.
Keep It Clean
From dusting and vacuuming to mopping up spills, good housekeeping helps to eliminate pollutants at the source. Use these cleaning strategies to improve indoor air quality:
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to capture allergens too small to see.
- Clean damp materials within 24-48 hours to prevent mold and mildew.
- Run exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom when cooking or bathing.
- Refrigerate leftovers promptly and keep trash receptacles covered.
- Wash bedding every week in hot water to eradicate dust mites.
When cleaning, avoid adding to the indoor pollution by using non-toxic products whenever possible. Never store hazardous chemical products indoors.
Add Some Greenery
Houseplants offer you a natural way to improve the air quality. In addition to removing carbon dioxide and generating oxygen, plants actually convert some pollutants into nutrients. The water vapor that plants emit directs air towards the roots where it’s converted into plant food. Group several plants together to maximize the effect.
To enjoy fresh air without letting the air you’ve paid to condition escape outside, consider installing a ventilation system. At Mike Merritt Heating & Air, our energy recovery ventilators work with your HVAC system to pre-filter incoming air. Because they use energy captured from stale, outgoing air, they can lower your cooling costs too.
As your local HVAC experts in the Jacksonville area, we offer an array of air-cleaning solutions, including air quality tests. To learn more, check out our indoor air quality services or call Mike Merritt Heating & air at 904-240-4038.
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