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What Are 5 Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality?

Outdoor air quality and pollution might get all the attention, but the air inside your home will still affect your health. People spend the majority of their time indoors, especially when the weather outside is less than ideal. We don't always think about all the dust, pet dander, smoke, and other pollutants that are floating through the air in our own homes or how it impacts our health. Fortunately, there are ways to improve the air quality in your home. Here are just five fairly simple ones to keep in mind.

1. Change Your HVAC Filter Regularly

Your HVAC system has an air filter that collects the dust, dander, pollen, and smoke particles that would otherwise blow throughout your home. Naturally, it gets dirty and will need to be cleaned or replaced regularly. "Regularly" for most homes is about once a month, although there are filters that can last longer if you live in a relatively clean home. If you haven't swapped out your filter yet this month and you're experiencing more allergy symptoms than usual, be sure to get a replacement filter as soon as possible.

2. Keep Your Home Clean

Simply dusting and vacuuming your house can help improve its air quality. Vacuum your carpeted floors at least once a week, and dust all of your hard surfaces regularly. While you're at it, try to reduce clutter in your home. It cuts down on areas where dust and dirt can build up.

3. Keep Most Plants Outdoors

While some plants can help purify the air around them, many others can also collect and foster mold growth. Keep a few plants such as spider plants, peace lilies, and rubber plants indoors if you want to brighten up your home, but most of your greenery should be kept outside.

4. Open Your Windows

If you find that it's just too stuffy in your house, open a few windows to let in some fresh air. This can help you breathe a little easier even when it's relatively cold outside. Just make sure to keep an eye on the weather reports. If there is an air quality alert outside, opening your windows is not a good idea.

5. Invest in an Air Purifier

An air purifier can filter out pollutants and allergens in your home. Some purifiers can be built directly into your HVAC system, but you can also buy smaller purification units if you live in a smaller space. Either way, a good air purifier can be immensely helpful if you're concerned about your home's air quality.

For more information about improving your home's air quality or if you have any other concerns about your HVAC system, contact Hartzell Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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