This might surprise you, but the most polluted air in America isn’t outdoors. It’s right inside where people live. Indoor air – on average – is twice as polluted as outdoor air and can be much worse than that.
Not all homes have the same amounts of airborne contaminants, of course. If you have a smoker at home or use only chemical cleaners, you’re fighting an uphill battle. You’re also more likely to suffer from symptoms of allergies, asthma, and other upper respiratory ailments. If you’re sick of feeling…well, sick…then here are a few proven methods designed to clean the air you breathe:
- Clean and vacuum your home at least once a week – more often as needed – to remove dust, dirt, bacteria, pesticides, and anything else that can be brought into your home on shoe bottoms, clothes, or open windows.
- Exercise your green thumb by purchasing and nurturing house plants known for their ability to attract and devour (literally!) airborne pollutants. These include Boston Fern, Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, and many others.
- Switch to all-natural cleaning products or consider making your own from ordinary household products like distilled white vinegar and baking soda, and lemon essential oil, just to name a few.
- Clean or replace your furnace and AC filters This prevents the systems’ fans from blowing dirty air into your living spaces.
- Remove your shoes when entering your home. Whatever’s stuck to the bottom won’t be able to travel any further. Ask guests to do the same.
- Encase your mattress and pillows to protect against dust mites. Dust allergies can be severe to the point of causing asthma.
Looking for a more global solution? Contact Bob Boldt HVAC today to learn about our several indoor air quality products, including whole-house air filtration systems, whole-house ultra-violet lights, and more. We’re here to help your feel better and more comfortable in any way we can.