Breathe Free: How To Improve The Air Quality In Your House

Even if you are at work or school for most of the day, you still most likely spend countless hours in your home at night and on the weekends. That is why it is so important for homeowners to do everything in their power to ensure that they have excellent indoor air quality. Here are four steps you can take over the next few weeks to improve your home’s air quality and your family’s respiratory health.

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Check for Leaks 

The spores that mold and mildew produce can wreak havoc on your throat and lungs. At least two or three times a year, homeowners and their plumbers must thoroughly inspect all pipes and fixtures for leaks. Ongoing leaks will also damage the nearby floorboards and create the perfect environment for pest infestations.  

Redo Your Flooring 

Many different types of flooring are held down with dangerous chemicals that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. If you plan on redoing your floors in the near future, then you should choose a harder material such as bamboo or tiles. Once the floors are installed, homeowners can also ask their contractor about how they should clean the flooring without using harsh chemicals.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned 

Just because you regularly change your air filters does not necessarily mean that your ducts are clean. Over the years, quite a bit of mold, dust, and dander will collect in the corners of your ducts and vents. An HVAC contractor can quickly and effectively clean your ducts with extendable rotating brushes that dislodge the pockets of airborne contaminants. Not only will these cleaning services improve your home’s air quality, but they could also lower your energy bills during the summer months.

Bring Home Some Plants 

One long-term study conducted by NASA found that there are dozens of plants that can actively filter the air in a closed environment. Peace lilies, bamboo, ferns, snake plants, and spider plants are all excellent options for those who want pristine air within their homes. Keeping many different types of plants in your home will remove microbes, formaldehyde, pollen spores, and dander from the air.

If you still believe that you might have air quality problems in your home after carrying out these steps, then you should consider having an inspector audit your home. During these inspections, the specialist will carry out a wide variety of tests to determine exactly where the problems are coming from and what can be done about them.

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. For HVAC professionals, Emma recommends Winters Heating Cooling. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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