The quality of the air inside your house is an important aspect of any home. Clean, fresh, dust-free air contributes to the enjoyment of your home as well as to your general state of health. As a homeowner, these are a few simple ways you can improve your interior air quality and thus, your overall well-being.
- Clean the Ducts
- Change the Air Filters
- Dehumidify the Air
- Eliminate Floor Debris
- Add a Few Plants
- Open the Windows and Doors
1. Clean the Ducts
Several times a year, you can prevent dust from blowing throughout your home by vacuuming out the air ducts in your household heating and/or cooling systems. A thin layer of dust on table tops or an allergy flare-up is a good indication that your air ducts need a bit of attention. Simply remove the vent cover and use a vacuum hose attachment to remove dust build-up inside the air vents.
2. Change the Air Filters
Your furnace and air conditioner have filters within the unit’s air intake vents which remove dust, pollen, pet hair and pollutants of all sorts from the incoming air. At least twice a year, you should inspect these foam-like pads to make sure they are not saturated with particles and debris. Once this happens, the fibers within the filter fram stop filtering the air and can actually worsen the air quality in your home. If so, you can easily replace them with a quick trip to a hardware store or home improvement center. That said, it is also advisable to contact a professional for heating and air conditioning repair in case the situation does arise. It is never too late for an inspection after all!
3. Dehumidify the Air
Too much moisture in the air can contribute to poor air quality because mildew, mold, dust and allergy-causing irritants tend to thrive in vapor-saturated air. This can be especially true if you live in the southern regions of the United States. Thankfully, the air quality of new homes in St. Louis can be easily maintained by placing a few dehumidifiers throughout the house in key places such as the kitchen, living room and bedrooms.
4. Eliminate Floor Debris
Carpet and floor coverings made of thin fibers can trap dust, pollen, microorganisms, pet dander and many other types of pollutants. A simple yet thorough vacuuming once a week can remove this sort of build up while preventing the spreading of pollutants throughout the house. You can further reduce the introduction of dust and dirt into the home by having a “no shoes” policy for anyone who comes inside. Besides that, you might want to consider reaching out to the experts once in a while to get a thorough deep cleaning for your carpets and rugs. Companies that offer carpet cleaning services Anna and nearby areas could be consulted for more help in this area.
5. Add a Few Plants
If you have a green thumb, maintaining a few houseplants can improve air quality because plants absorb the CO2 exhaled by people while giving off fresh oxygen. Some of these types of plants include chrysanthemums, snake plants, aloe vera, broad lady palm, weeping figs, dragon trees, bamboo palm and many more. Another advantage is the decorative, welcoming effect plants can have on the overall aesthetic of your home.
6. Open the Windows and Doors
On mild, temperate days when there is a slight breeze, you can do an interior air replacement, so to speak, by opening all the windows and allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the house. This not only removes stale, stagnant air, it can also help diminish cooking odors, and eliminate pollutants from so-called air fresheners. Petroleum-based candles, incense, pet dander and general types of dust and debris tend to accumulate in any household.
The cleanliness of the air you breathe inside your house has a great impact on your quality of life and the overall enjoyment of your home. Contact us to learn more about our new construction homes being built throughout the St. Louis, MO area that are ready to welcome you with fresh, clean, breathable interior air.
This post was written by Madison Nedrig