- Change air filters: Your HVAC system has air filters that trap dust, pollen, and other particles in the air. Over time, these filters can become clogged and need to be replaced. Check your filters and replace them as needed, ideally every 3 months.
- Clean air ducts: Your air ducts can also accumulate dust and debris over time. Consider hiring a professional to clean your air ducts, which can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and help reduce allergens in the air.
- Open windows: On a mild spring day, opening windows can help improve air circulation in your home and bring in fresh air. This can help reduce indoor air pollutants like carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Use air purifiers: Air purifiers can help remove airborne pollutants like dust, pollen, and pet dander. Look for models with HEPA filters, which can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns.
- Add indoor plants: Some indoor plants can help purify the air by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. Examples include Dragon Tree, Weeping Fig, Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, and more.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- Indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Poor indoor air quality can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues.
- The average person spends an estimated 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, improving indoor air quality can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being.
By improving the air quality in your home, you can breathe easier and feel more comfortable in your space.
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