It’s a New Year and with it comes resolutions. If you’ve decided to make 2018 a heathier year, you may plan to eat better, go to bed earlier, or exercise more. But, have you thought about the health of the air in your home? It may surprise you, but the air inside your home is often dirtier than the air outside. This is because indoor air is made up of outdoor air plus allergens and pollutants from pets, dust, fireplaces, air fresheners, and more. Keeping air fresh and clean in your home during the winter months can be especially challenging since you (and your pets) are spending more time inside. The quality of the air in your home is important because poor air quality can cause headaches, colds, and even bronchitis.
Advance Mechanical is here to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution of good health. Here are five simple ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home this winter.
Use a HEPA Air Purifier
High-efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filters are designed to help prevent the spread of airborne viral organisms and bacteria. Typically, these filters use high-energy, ultra-violet lights to kill bacteria trapped inside. Ideally, depending on the layout of your home, it is best to have an air purifier in each bedroom and in the main living area. Purified air is especially important for young children and anyone suffering from asthma. The experienced technicians at Advance Mechanical are here to help you choose the best air purifier for the unique conditions in your home.
Dusting and vacuuming your home on a regular basis helps tremendously in reducing the amount of airborne pollutants. Use non-toxic cleaning products to help get rid of mold, pet dander, pollen and dust mites that may be lingering.
Change the Filters
Change the filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system frequently. For many this is a daunting task, but it is a necessary one for maintaining quality air inside your home. FilterFetch.com offers delivery of professional grade filters to your door. This online service can also email you filter change reminders when it is time. Use our code (CZB) to sign up and take the hassle out of monthly filter changes.
Open the Windows
If weather permits, open a window. Winter days in eastern North Carolina can be quite mild, so open the windows of your home to let old air out and fresh air in. Leave the windows open for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this on a daily basis if possible.
Put an Air-Filtering Plant in Your Home
Place living plants in your home. This a safe and easy way to add oxygen to the air. Household plants that can help clean and purify your air include: Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, English Ivy, and Areca Lady. Make sure to keep the soil in your plant fresh and the plants healthy. They will not only look beautiful, but also improve your indoor air quality.
At Advance Mechanical, we offer a wide range of products that reduce particles, germs, and many toxins in the air. These include HEPA Filters, Micro Power Guard, Oxy Quantum UV lights, and Pan Pad Treatments. We also offer monitoring systems that detect exactly what is in the air you breathe. FooBot is a monitoring device that gathers and transmits information to the experts at Advance Mechanical. With data that tracks even the smallest allergen particles and chemicals in the air, we are able to measure your indoor air quality over an extended period of time and create a plan that is customized to solve your air quality needs.