Whether you work from home every day or are only there for dinner and sleeping, the quality of the air you are breathing in matters. Many of us are concerned about pollution outside but forget to improve the indoor air quality inside our homes. Here are some of the best ways to promote cleaner air indoors.
Change All the Filters for Better Indoor Air Quality
HVAC filters play a role in indoor air quality but forget about the many other filters throughout their homes. Thoroughly clean or change all filters in air purifiers, kitchen vents, dryer vents, and vacuums. If these filters are not changed regularly, they might be recirculating contaminants and dust and decreasing your air quality.
Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels
If your home is too dry or too damp, your indoor air quality can suffer as a result. Elevated moisture contributes to an environment where mold can thrive. If your home is too dry, it can aggravate indoor allergy symptoms and make your sinuses irritated. Get a device to monitor humidity levels in your house and use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as necessary to keep levels between 30 and 50%.
Improve Indoor Air Quality With Plants
House plants are a versatile way to decorate your home while also improving the air quality. Research plants that purify the air like Boston ferns and palm trees. Some of the other plants that improve your air indoors include:
- Peace Lily
- Snake Plant
- Bamboo Palm
- English Ivy
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Weeping Fig
Have a Home Inspection
A professional home inspector will check the condition of many aspects of your home, and may point out defects that are lowering the indoor air quality. During your inspection, you can learn more about specific warning signs, like furnaces that are cracked or broken, dirty HVAC filters, and even signs of mold growth. When your inspection is over, you will receive a detailed report.
Use an Air Purifier
If you want to take more significant steps to boost the air inside of your house, a quality air purifier is an excellent investment. Air purifiers keep air circulating in your home, and they get rid of dust, debris, hair, dander, and other substances that might be floating around in the air without you realizing it. It’s a good idea to place your purifier in a high-traffic part of the home or where you spend a great deal of time, like the bedroom or home office.
Sherlock Homes Inspection & Property Management provides inspections to homebuyers and sellers in Tolland, Hartford, New Haven, Windham, New London, & Middlesex Counties. Contact us to request an appointment.