Air is life. The purity of the air you breathe can either improve or impair the quality of your life. Having an effective filtration system and adequate ventilation are at the top of the list when improving indoor air.
Regular inspections of your HVAC unit and air ducts by a professional HVAC technician can eliminate many issues associated with poor air quality.
Inquire as to if your HVAC unit uses a HEPA filtration system and if it doesn’t, whether or not its filter can be upgraded to one. HEPA filters have the highest Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) and, according to Home Energy Magazine, “are able to filter out particles smaller than 0.3 microns, including some viruses.”
Make sure to keep the area surrounding the HVAC unit free of dirt and debris, as this can interfere with the amount of air the compressor is pulling in. Restrict plant growth near the unit and invest in an exterior cover to reduce the chance of objects obstructing air intake.
Clean ventilation duct covers or replace them. The flaps of ventilation covers attract dirt and can become stuck when closed or serve as a launching pad for pollutants to recycle through the air.
A dusty house is a collection of allergens waiting to take flight into your respiratory system. As if there wasn’t enough dust circulating in the atmosphere already, regular deep cleaning of your home will also improve the quality of your in-home air.
Avoid dusting and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Disinfect hard surfaces with lemon and vinegar. Refrain from using harsher chemicals such as bleach and ammonia to keep your air free of toxic vapors.
Use natural air purifiers such as beeswax candles and salt lamps. These release anions (negatively charged ions) which remove pollutants from the air. According to Negative Ionizers, “Even bacteria and viruses circling in the air of your home can be cleared by negatively charged ions attaching to them and removing them from the air you breathe.”
Purchase a portable electric air purifier for each room. They specialize in either particle or gas removal, with the option to have one system that cleans both. For particle removal purifiers, you will need to know the size of the room where the purifier will be utilized to make sure the clean air delivery rate (CADR) is sufficient.
Clean the bathroom exhaust fans and kitchen ventilation fans. Remove dust from the fan blades and any mesh coverings to prevent pollutants from recirculating.
Decorate the interior and exterior of your home with potted plants to increase oxygen and naturally filter the air. NASA’s 1989 Technical Report on environmental pollution describes several controlled tests conducted on 12 plants in standard potting soil. The results were conclusive of these plants’ inherent ability to successfully reduce or eliminate pollutants in the air.
With these tips in mind, you can successfully upgrade the quality of your in-home air and your everyday life.