Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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Summer’s here and that means spending plenty of time in the pool with the rest of the time indoors trying to beat the oppressive heat outside. With more time indoors, here are a few simple strategies to improve your home’s indoor air quality this summer.

Change the Air Filter

Changing out the air filter is the first step you should take to improve your indoor air quality. In the Valley of the Sun, summertime brings dust storms and excessive winds triggered by monsoon thunderstorms. It’s recommended that you inspect your AC filter at least monthly and potentially replace it after a severe dust storm in your neighborhood.

Track Humidity Levels

Maintaining your indoor air at proper moisture levels is vital for the comfort of your family. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states indoor relative humidity should be below 50% to prevent growth of mildew and mold, dust mite infestations, and inhibit bacterial growth. When humidity levels drop below 30%, the drier air can result in dry and itchy skin, increased static electricity, increased susceptibility to viruses and germs, and damage to furniture.

Think UV Lighting

While ultraviolet light (UV) is one of the most damaging rays for skin, it can provide powerful benefits for your home. UV light prevents dirt and debris from building up when incorporated into your air conditioning system. As well, UV light can kill mold and bacteria that grow on AC coils and air filters and even help extend the lifespan of your system.

Buy Indoor Plants

Buying indoor plants is one of the easiest ways to quickly filter your indoor air. NASA first investigated the possibility of indoor plants to clean the air of the International Space Station in the 1980s. Plants are natural air filters as they easily absorb contaminants from the air. Keep in mind the larger the indoor plant and its leaves, the better its ability to purify your home’s indoor environment by removing toxins from the air.

Use Cooking Vents

Cooking releases a whole slew of contaminants into your indoor air. Cooktops pump out tiny particles of food matter and grease into the air. Anytime you’re cooking, be certain to turn on kitchen vents and possibly open a window to help remove these pollutants.

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