Ways to Improve Your Air Conditioning Efficiency, Your Health and Save Money!
If you experience chest congestion, wheezing, coughing, asthma, nausea, headaches, lung disease and even cancer are among the many afflictions that can be caused by poor indoor air quality. Breathing dirty air can affect everyone, including the healthiest of people. If you have seen repeated illnesses, there is a possibility that the air you are breathing in your home is to blame.
Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home. Here are ways to clean the air, and improve your health, as well as save money.
Indoor Air Quality
Be consistent in changing your air filters. Dirt can sneak though into your ducts. Air leaks are also a source of dust and allergens sneaking into your airstream. The more build up, the more likely it will start to bock airways or allow unfiltered air to pass through. What your air ducts circulate can make a significant impact on your health, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma.
Your HVAC unit works hard every single day. Changing your air filters consistently will not only help with indoor air quality, but it will also decrease your monthly energy bills. Routine maintenance and cleaning of your ducts will lead to efficiency, quality, and energy savings.
Use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter
These types of filters can catch much smaller particles than a typical air filter. Many are made with caron-based materials that can give added protection against common allergens, including pet dander, and dust.
Air purifiers will help clean allergens and pollutants out of your indoor air. It is a good idea to install a Whole Home Air Humidifier if you or your family suffers from asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory condition. While individual air purifiers are an option, a better idea would be to install one at your HVAC unit that can clean the air in your whole home. The ultraviolet lights can kill viruses, and bacteria that are floating in your air, electrostatic air filters help remove the tiniest particles.
Improve the Ventilation
Proper ventilation in a home is a necessity for having a comfortable living space. Ventilation maintains air quality in the home while removing excess moisture to ensure the inside air isn’t stale, damp or funky. We are here to help create a happy, healthy environment for your family. Install an in-home ventilation unit that brings more outside air indoors.
There are a couple of things you can do yourself to help with indoor air quality and prevent stale air:
- Open doors and windows when appropriate.
- Use exhaust fans in both your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.
Animal dander, dust mites, pollen, and other toxins can all be removed by vacuuming floors, furniture, and drapery. As well as dusting regularly. Suggested is to do this twice a week with a vacuum that has a cleanable filter that will not blow any dust back into the air. You also can buy a HEPA filter for stand along items like your vacuum.
Grow Air-Purifying House Plants
Plants are a great recourse for improving the air quality in a room. The top 5 plants can be used to improve the air quality in your home:
- Barberton Daisy
Place this plant in a room with plenty of natural light and keep the soil moist but well-drained.
- English Ivy
Provide your English ivy with generous watering and 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, and it will return the love to you with clean, detoxified air.
- Snake Plant or Mother-in-Low’s Tongue
Be mindful not to overwater, as the roots are prone to rot in moist soil.
- Chrysanthemum or Mums
This plant loves sunlight, so place it in a spot near a sunbathed window.
- Spider Plant
You can also repot the tiny ‘spideretts’ and grow a whole family of plants that will pretty much take care of themselves.
Other Ways to Improve Air-Quality
In addition to refreshing and rejuvenating your indoor environment, a clean HVAC system will run at peak efficiency, so equipment like compressors will last longer because they will not be forced to work as hard to move the air. Cleaner, more-efficient equipment can also lead to reduced utility bills. Better Built is proud to offer the industry’s leading line of indoor air quality products.