Poor indoor air quality in Hope Mills, North Carolina, can cause numerous health problems, including headaches, rashes, eye irritation and even asthma. Pollutants like dust, pet dander and biological growth can also raise your utility bills, shorten your HVAC system’s life and lead to expensive breakdowns. You can improve your home’s indoor air quality by following these tips:
Houseplants can absorb particulates like dust or smoke as well as many chemical pollutants like benzene or formaldehyde. They also produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and make your home more attractive.
English ivy, peace lily, chrysanthemum, aloe vera and many other common houseplants can help filter your home’s air. If you have pets, remember to choose houseplants that aren’t poisonous for them.
Use a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your home’s air. This makes you and your family feel cooler in summer. It also prevents bad smells and health problems from biological growth encouraged by high humidity. Many people are allergic to cockroaches and other pests that are attracted to moisture. A dehumidifier can help prevent pest infestations and allergy symptoms.
You can install a whole-home dehumidifier in your HVAC system’s ductwork or use a portable model. Portable dehumidifiers are less expensive, but they only work in one or two rooms at once.
Maintain Your HVAC System
You should change your HVAC system’s air filter once per month. A dirty air filter will lose its effectiveness and spread contaminants through your home.
Also, check your outdoor unit for grass clippings, twigs or leaves. Remove them with a garden hose to keep pollutants out of your HVAC system. To prevent other indoor air quality problems, have your air conditioner inspected by a professional at least once per year.
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