3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Air Quality

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Studies show that indoor air quality can be as much as 100 times poorer than outdoor air quality. 100 times! With the average American spending a staggering 89% of their time indoors, this can present a real danger to you and your family’s health if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality, even today. Here are a few simple ones.

Go Green

Along with being a great way to spruce up the place, having plants in your home is also great for your indoor air, as they filter out toxins just like they do in their natural environments. Some of the most effective plant species for cleaning your indoor air are the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum), Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum), Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium Podophyllum) and English Ivy (Hedera Helix). A good rule is 1 plant for every 100 to 150 square feet. Now, enjoy the greenspace and fresher air.

Cook Smart

Cooking is a leading source of indoor air pollution, as the fumes escaping from the cooking process are considered carcinogenic by the EPA. While you have to eat to live, it’s important to remember this fact and cook smart. Meats are the main culprit, so it’s a good idea to cook outdoors when possible. Other foods known to cause indoor air pollution are items with high fat content, such as butter and dairy, and items with high sugar content. When you’re cooking indoors, make sure to keep your kitchen well ventilated.

Clean and change your AC air filters regularly

Finally, remember to change your filters regularly, as they can have a negative impact on equipment performance if they become heavily loaded with dust. Filters use a rating system called MERV (minimum efficiency  reporting value), which indicates a filter’s worst case performance rating for trapping airborne particulates of various micrometers ranging from 10 to .3 Microns .  The HIGHER the MERV Rating the greater effectiveness for trapping the smallest micron airborne particles. As the filter MERV Ratings decreases, so does its effectiveness in trap the smaller airborne particles. While a HIGHER MERV rating sounds great, it’s not always the right choice for your home. The higher MERV Rating filters have a much more restricted path for air to flow and can greatly reduce the volume of air through the filter. This can cause an air shortage to the HVAC system and can do more harm than good.  The filters with a MERV rating of 9 to 13 are a great choice for homeowners who want the greatest dust control possible while not suffocating their HVAC system.

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In addition to these tips, there are several effective products you can use as well. The Bryant® Air Purifier—available at Fox Service Company—is a great tool for keeping your indoor air clean and pure. As particles enter the purifier, an electrostatic charge draws them to the filter fibers, pulling them out of the air and holding them firmly. The purifier uses patented technology to supply enough electric charge to kill the pathogens, resulting in purer, cleaner air for your home and your family. As a leader in heating and cooling innovation, Bryant® does “whatever it takes” for your indoor comfort.

With allergies, asthma and the multiple adverse effects of indoor air pollution, it’s important to do everything you can to ensure you and your family’s indoor air is as clean as possible. To learn more about ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality, give Fox Service Company a call at (512) 442-6782, or visit foxservice.com.

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