Being able to breathe clean and fresh air is a blessing in itself. Clean air is highly essential for people who suffer from allergies or distressed breathing caused by a number of air pollutants. Not only adults, but children and adolescents also require clean and healthy air to maintain their body in good health.
You might never notice, but cranky moods and bad days may be related to bad indoor air quality too. How? When you go out for a stroll in the park, or even when you are just in your backyard, tending to your flowerbeds, don’t you feel refreshed and full of life? It is the greenery and the plants but the main reason behind it is the fresh air which surrounds greenery and plant life. If you are having problems maintaining a good quality of indoor air in your home or workplace, try out some of the following tips to improve its quality:
Increasing Ventilation inside your Home
You might think that this means to keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to allow for the crossing of air and ventilation inside your home. But merely opening your windows and doors is not the solution to improve your indoor air quality. Without proper filtering, the outdoor air entering your home will bring in harmful gases which are emitted from automobiles as well as dirt, dust, molds, pollens and other allergens. You should consider installing a screen with extra filters, known as trickle ventilation, which is adjustable for many available windows. This screen assists in increasing the ventilation by bringing in fresh but filtered air in your home.
Maintaining your HVAC System
You need to maintain your HVAC system to ensure it is in proper working condition by getting your air ducts cleaned. Cleaning your air ducts also increases the efficiency and prolongs the life of your air conditioning system. Cleaned HVAC systems have fewer problems and require less maintenance as compared to systems clogged with dust and dirt.
Changing Your Furnace Filters
Even though furnace filters play little role in cleaning the indoor air, changing them regularly is beneficial for the proper working of your HVAC system because the blower motor of the furnace may be damaged dust bunnies and pet hair, which will result in increasing the costs for your heating and cooling systems.
Employing a Regular Cleaning Ritual
In order to improve the air quality at your home, you need to maintain a proper cleaning routine such as regular dusting or vacuuming your floors and carpets so that the dust bunnies, dirt, pet hair and dander does not hamper the quality of air at your home.
Keeping some Plants Indoors
As mentioned in the beginning, plants freshen- and brighten-up any place, releasing fresh air into the surroundings. Keep some of your favorite plants indoors, and make sure to choose ornamentals. In addition to improving the air quality of your home, they will add to the décor and add a little of your personality to your home or workplace.
Installing Central Heating Filters
Our experts recommend installing filters in your central heating system to ensure good air quality. This kind of filtration provides dust-, dirt- and allergen-free air to your whole home as compared to electronic air cleaners which only work for a specified room or area. Modern filters available in the market today trap particles as small as 5 micrometers in diameter and provide a high efficiency of 95%.
Say No to Passive Smoking
You probably know that there is active smoking, and then, there is passive smoking. Because a non-smoker in the vicinity of a smoker has the same health hazards from smoking, you should discourage smoking inside your home or workplace. Ask your guests to go out for a smoke if at home or to a smoking lounge if at the workplace. If there is no area allotted for smoking in your office, then you should ask people to step outside for their smoke breaks.
Taking Care of Your Pets
Properly cared for and groomed pets have less chances of losing pet hair and dander around your home. In winters especially, pets stay inside most of the time, so make it a habit to bathe your pet and wash their bedding often to minimize the chances of dander and hair buildup inside your home.
Air Duct Cleaning
One of the best and fool proof ways to improve your air quality at either your home or workplace is to get your air ducts cleaned by a professional. They are very thorough and possess the right kind of equipment, specially required for this arduous job. By getting your air ducts cleaned, you will have the benefit of removing dust, pollen, dirt and grime buildup from your air ducts which could potentially re-circulate through your home or office, polluting the air that you breathe.
We at On Time Steam Cleaning use powerful equipment to systematically clean every component of the ventilation system of your building while causing minimal disruption to your daily tasks. If you want to avail our cleaning services, give us a call at 1-888-512-2055. Our dedicated staff will be glad to be of service.