The last week of October is National Respiratory Care Week, so our HVAC experts rounded up some easy tips to help you improve the quality of the air you breathe every day.
Open the Windows
Many households keep their homes tightly closed up during cooler months to try to keep as much warmth inside as possible. This allows airborne contaminants such as carbon monoxide, dust, dander, pet hair, pollen, etc to circulate throughout your home during winter. With little outside ventilation, these particles have no way of escaping.
A breath of fresh air can do everyone in your home some good, but it can also help refresh the air that circulates through your home. Cooler temperatures make fall one of the best times of the year to open your windows, but allowing new air into your home can have a positive effect on your family’s health as well.
Take Care of Your HVAC System
Your annual maintenance visit includes dusting and cleaning of your heating system by an expert. Changing your air filter or upgrading to HEPA filters can help to reduce the number of airborne contaminants in your home—this can also help to reduce symptoms of allergies or asthma that could be aggravated by breathing in dust and dander.
Try a Unique Solution
Certain types of plants naturally absorb chemicals from the air and release oxygen in the process. This can play a part in improving the air quality within your home! Invest in air plants such as:
UV lights work their magic by killing bacteria and viruses at the nucleus. This method disrupts their DNA and makes them inactive and therefore, unable to perform cellular functions.
Salt lamps are still under review to discern any scientific basis for their supposed air-purifying qualities, but it never hurts to try. Salt lamps work by allegedly changing that electric charge of the air by producing ions that have natural health benefits. Worst case scenario—it just looks really good on your end table or bookshelf!
Well Groomed Pets
Whether you’re allergic or not, pet dander has a negative effect on your ability to breathe. Making sure that you keep your pets well-groomed can go a long way in improving your indoor air quality.
A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical is your one-stop-shop for all things indoor air quality. Contact our team today to cut down on airborne contaminants with a UV light system or air scrubber.