After catching the flu and doing some intense research, I’ve rounded up some easy ways you can improve your home’s air quality to stay happier and healthier this holiday season.
Everyone always focuses on making their homes look as clean and done-up for the holidays. One thing they are always skipping is focusing on their home’s air quality. It may be chilly, and your furnace may be working over-time, but it’s always important to make sure you are breathing in clean, fresh air. Following some of our expert tips can actually help you beat the winter blahs, and fend off that nasty flu. Here’s how:
Air Out Your Home
Make it a habit to air out your whole home every morning when getting the paper. Open the front and back doors or windows to create a draft and breeze, letting in cool fresh air to start off the day. This will not only wake you up, but it will instantly clear the stuffy air, giving you a woosh of fresh oxygen.
Keep More House Plants
Believe it or not, but according to Air Experts Heating and Cooling, indoor pollution levels can sometimes EXCEED outdoor pollution by up to five times! This represents a serious concern for homeowners and should not be taken lightly. House plants can help filter out these toxins found in detergents, ink, glue, paint, chemical-based cleaners, and other harmful household chemicals.
There are tons of symptoms associated with reduced indoor air quality including fatigue, headaches, and sinus congestion. This makes it very important to clean regularly to reduce allergens and irritants. Instead of dusting with a feather duster, use a damp cloth to wipe up surfaces and even hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans, the top of your refrigerator, blinds, and hanging light fixtures.
Opt for Hard Surface Floors
If you are re-doing your home’s flooring, take air quality into consideration when choosing the type of flooring for your home. Instead of carpet flooring, opt for hard-surface floors like laminate, hardwood, or tile to make cleaning up easy, and reducing places for dirt and pet dander to get trapped in.
Even if you’ve tried everything in the book to improve your home’s air quality, it may just be down to your HVAC system. Have a professional inspect your air conditioner and furnace in the spring and fall, so you know if it needs any repairs or updates. It’s also important to change your air filter regularly which serves as your first defense, capturing contaminants and irritants that could impact your air quality. If it gets clogged, it can’t protect your family and it might cause problems with your furnace, AC, or heat pump.