The Environmental Protection Agency recently reported that Americans spend 87% of their lives indoors. From viruses to common household chemicals, the air we breathe if not filtered properly, can be hazardous. These tips help to ensure the oxygen you do inhale is clean.Vacuum once daily in high traffic areas of your home and at least once a week in other areas. Ensure that you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a good filter, the best being HEPA filters. It is suggested that floors be mopped at least once every two weeks and more if allergies are an issue. To improve indoor air quality in Lake Geneva, consider the following tips:
- Vacuum once daily in high traffic areas of your home and at least once a week in other areas. Ensure that you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a good filter, the best being HEPA filters. It is suggested that floors be mopped at least once every two weeks and more if allergies are an issue.
- Place mats by all outdoor home entrances. Advise people to use them as they enter your home as mats at an entrance help to trap allergens and dust mites from entering a residence.
- High humidity increases indoor air pollutants and allergens. Many people with breathing issues find it more difficult to breathe in a high humidity environment. There are various humidifiers on the market that help keep allergens at a minimum and improve air quality.
- Check your home for Radon gas. Kits to test for Radon can be purchased at most home improvement stores. If the reading is higher than 4, it is time to call a professional to rid your home of Radon.
- Change your air conditioning filters often. If you have pets, replace your filter every 60 days and every 90 otherwise. HEPA filters cost a bit more but are more efficient at trapping minute dust mites and allergens.
- Avoid using scented products in your home. This includes plug-in air fresheners, air sprays, and scented candles. Many of these products contain chemicals such as alcohols and formaldehyde and hormone-producing chemicals like limonene and camphor. Alternatives include essential oils sprays, beeswax candles, and wood cedar blocks.
- Research and buy plants that improve indoor air quality. As plants take in the carbon dioxide we breath out and give us oxygen, homes should have plants that help in putting more oxygen back into our air. The best plants to do this are Spider plants, Aloe Vera, Boston Ferns and Aloe Vera plants.
For assistance with other tips on creating clean indoor air or assistance with your air conditioning needs in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area, please contact us at Dignified Heating and Cooling. We are only a click or phone call away.