Your home may be your castle, but it has a number of intruders every day. Air pollutants can make their way inside your clothes or your pets. They can circulate through the air you and your family breathe and lower the indoor air quality.
For your best health and to keep your Lennox HVAC system or furnace running properly through all seasons, you can follow this DIY guide to improve your indoor air quality.
Lennox Filters: A DIY Guide to Improved Indoor Air Quality
Change Your HVAC Air Filter Regularly
Your air filter is great for capturing and removing microscopic particles from your air. In time, filters can get coated with dust, dirt, mold, pet dander, smoke, and other contaminants. You need to change filters regularly to maximize their efficiency in removing harmful particles and help your system run without added strain.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Air ducts are out of sight, and therefore, mostly out of mind. However, ducts are what help get air to each room. If you don’t keep them clean, they can continue to distribute contaminants in your rooms.
It’s much worse when you also have a dirty air filter. Particles will build up in the ducts and continue to ruin your indoor air quality. If you’ve never had your ducts cleaned, you may want to consider it to help clear the air in your home.
Turn on the Ventilation While Cooking
You might be surprised to learn that many indoor pollutants are created right in your own kitchen. If you have a gas stove, you are dealing with carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Electric burners also emit these pollutants, but in lower amounts.
Using the kitchen vent helps cycle these pollutants out of your home and minimizes their concentration. Another place to use your ventilation is in the bathroom when you are cleaning to release chemicals that can permeate your air.
Clean Your Carpets
Vacuumed rugs look and feel nice, but it’s also important to perform this chore to remove dust and other particles. Once a week is enough to remove contaminants that could get lodged in carpet fibers.
When it’s humid in your home, it creates the perfect environment for mildew and mold to thrive. Your air conditioning should be set to control humidity, though if you’re experiencing muggy air indoors, it’s time to contact your HVAC company to restore the balance.
Add Some Indoor Plants to Your Décor
Plants not only add pops of color to your home but also help naturally filter the air. Spider plants, ferns, lilies, and bamboo palms are great options. If you have pets, be cautious about the plants you choose as they could be toxic to your four-legged family members.
By following these tips, you’ll reduce the impacts of contaminants and pollutants in your home. This will help you and your loved ones have a healthier environment to make all your memories.
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