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Improve Indoor Air Quality to Breathe Safer

improve indoor air qualityThe average American spends close to 90% of their time indoors, whether at work, school or home. Though it might be hard to believe, inside air is often two to five times more polluted than outside air. A combination of cleaning supplies, personal care products, building materials and furnishings all contribute to poor indoor air. So, not only are we coming into contact with more pollutants than ever before, we’re spending almost all our time breathing them. Finding new ways to improve indoor air quality matters more than ever before. 

Here are some easy ways to improve indoor air quality, reduce allergens and even boost productivity

Clean Air NJ

In New Jersey, smog is our most persistent and problematic air pollutant. According to Clean Air NJ, ground-level ozone, also known as smog, is an air pollutant known to cause a number of health effects and negatively impact air quality and the environment. Smog is often a summertime problem since weather plays a key role in the formation of ozone, but it can affect NJ residents year round.

Curious about the air quality where you live? The USEPA developed the Air Quality Index (AQI) to measure and report air quality to the public. You can view an air quality forecast for Monmouth County here, and Ocean County here.

In New Jersey, many environmental factors pollute the air we breathe. While there isn’t much we can do about it when we’re outside, thankfully you have a few ways to improve air quality when we’re inside. 

 

What You Can Do To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Clean It Up

A clean house is a healthier house. Improve your indoor air quality by making an effort to reduce the accumulation of dust, pet dander and any mold lurking in your home. 

  • Vacuum one or twice a week
  • Opt for hard-surface flooring instead of carpet
  • Clean bedding, drapes regularly – especially if you have pets
  • Consider dust-mite-proof covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs
  • Clear any clutter that can trap and hold dust

 

Clear the Air

A lot of the dust and particulates floating throughout indoor air come from sources within your own home. Keep a handle on circulation.

  • If you have a forced-air heating system, it’s important to check the air filter monthly. If your air filters are dirty with dust and contaminants, they will be recirculated throughout your home or office. Clean or change them out as needed.
  • Also consider cleaning ductwork to remove trapped dust. 

 

Control Moisture

To help control allergens, the best relative humidity for indoor spaces is 40-60%. 

  • Excess moisture can lead to mold/mildew growth, so consider a dehumidifier in damp areas such as the basement.
  • On the other hand, low humidity can trigger asthma and allergies. A whole-house humidification system can safely control and maintain proper levels of humidity year round. 

 

Add Some Fresh Air

Greenery converts carbon dioxide into oxygen and helps to filter out trace irritants such as formaldehyde and benzene. 

  • According to a NASA study, English Ivy, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, and Bamboo Palm are some top choices. We also wrote a series on how to purify your air with plants. Read Part 1 and Part 2 to learn more!
  • Even in the cold winter months, open windows from time to time to allow fresh air to circulate inside.

 

Improve Indoor Air Quality

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer a variety of dependable home comfort solutions for residential and commercial properties throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas. We are also proud to announce our partnership with Advanced Air Duct Cleaning, making us your one-stop-shop for all of your home comfort needs. 

 

Just tell them Brown’s sent you!

Interested in learning more? Call us at 732-741-0694 for all the details.

 

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