Indoor air quality can have a huge impact on health and wellbeing. Exposure to contaminants and allergens such as dust, mould and pollution may not seem like a big deal – we are surrounded by these outside every day, right? – but over time these can pose a threat to you and your family.
The air quality in your immediate environment can have a huge impact on your health. Here are 6 ways to improve the air quality in your home.
Symptoms of health problems caused by poor indoor air quality are often subtle, ranging from the sniffles and itchy eyes to a cough you cannot shake or irritated skin. Some people are more sensitive than others, but everybody should be concerned about the air quality in their home. Here are easy 6 ways you can make some improvements.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean
If you have an air conditioner, it is important to keep it spotless to ensure you’re not circulating contaminants throughout your home. The easiest (and most efficient) way to this is to clean your air filters every other month. Their purpose is to filter the air that passes in and out of your HVAC system and they collect small particles of contaminants that may affect the health and wellbeing of you, your family or your employees, including dust, dirt, pollen, mould, lint and other fibres, bacteria, hair or animal fur, and particles of wood, metal or plastics. Simply remove the filter and vacuum or brush it thoroughly (outside). Keep an eye out for any holes, wrinkles or tears – these mean that your filter needs replacing.
Consider Buying Some Indoor Plants
There are some indoor plant varieties that can help improve air quality by absorbing harmful toxins from the air. In fact, NASA recommends two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet. Different plants are suitable for different environments. So do some research into what the right kind is for you. Some plants you may want to look in to include:
• Spider plants
• Golden pothos
• Bamboo palms
• Rubber plants
• Peace lilies
• Boston ferns
• Aloe vera
Clean Your Home Regularly To Remove Dust Mites
Dust mites are one of the most common contributors to poor indoor air quality. These are microscopic creatures that are particularly common in humid and coastal parts of Australia. They often live in bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, clothing and are one of the most common allergen triggers for asthma. Be sure to clean these items regularly to help remove dust mites from your home. A few tips:
• Open your curtains and windows and air out your home regularly
• Wash sheets and pillowcases with low allergenic washing soap in a hot wash (above 55 degrees)
• Vacuum carpets and soft furniture weekly
• Dust regularly using a damp or electrostatic cloth
Consider an Air Purifier
If you live in a particularly polluted area, or if you or your family is sensitive to poor air quality, you may want to consider investing in an electric air purifier. These devices remove contaminants from the air in a room such as dust, pollen, pet hair, mold spores, and dust mite feces, smoke particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Ditch The Aerosols
Cleaning and personal products that come in an aerosol can contain VOCs like butane and propane which are bad for air quality. Try ditching these for non-aerosol alternatives like roll-on deodorant and spray bottle cleaning products.
Watch The Level of Humidity In Your Home
Dust mites and mould love humid environments. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% is ideal so consider purchasing a dehumidifier or an air conditioner during summer months to help control these levels. Other ways to reduce the humidity in your home include airing out areas that are particularly moist like bathrooms, laundry and kitchen, using exhaust fans where possible, fixing any leaky plumbing, avoiding overwatering houseplants.
If you are curious about how an air conditioner or appliance will help improve the air quality in your home, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on being the best air conditioning specialist in Sydney. We also provide electrical service of the highest quality.