Do you know what’s in your air? While you may not be able to see, taste or smell it, the air in your home could actually be filled with pollutants, allergens or even toxins. And these pollutants can lead to serious health problems and complications.
Here are 3 simple ways to improve the air quality in your home and breathe easier:
- Buy some green home décor
Scientists at NASA performed a Clean Air Study in the late 1980s, and their results were concerning. Several potential toxins were identified in our air, including benzene (which is found in such items as paint, glue, and vehicle exhaust), ammonia (found in floor wax and window cleaners) and formaldehyde (found in paper towels and plywood paneling, among others).
The solution for filtering these potential hazards out of the air comes from Mother Nature herself. NASA identified more than a dozen helpful plants, including the Red-edged Dracaena, the Broadleaf Ladypalm and the Boston Fern. Placing these plants around the house can both improve your décor and your air quality.
- Monitor your home’s humidity
Humidity varies with the seasons; winter has drier air, while summer is known for its high levels of humidity. Humidity not only makes the air temperature feel warmer, but it also allows dust mites and mold to linger in the air. Ideally, you should try to keep the humidity level below 50 percent. To reduce humidity, be sure to keep areas like the kitchen and bathroom well ventilated and consider investing in a quality dehumidifier.
- Consider when your house was built
In 1978, the use of lead-based paints was banned across the country. If your house was built before 1978, it’s possible that your house has some lead-based paint contaminating your home’s dust.
Lead dust can settle inside the ductwork of an HVAC system, and the movement of air through these ducts can cause problems. A thorough vacuuming of your ducts would bring a significant reduction of airborne lead – and other hazards – to your home.
To inspect your home’s ductwork, or for more information about what might be in the air you’re already breathing, consult a reputable local HVAC expert.
Mitchell Heating is a family-owned and operated business dedicated to serving the Colorado Springs, Denver Metro and Northern Colorado areas through quality and affordable service. To schedule a home visit, or discuss why a humidifier may be right for you, call (202) 621-2247.