The air quality in your Charlotte, North Carolina, home is important for keeping your family comfortable and healthy. Any number of things can affect home air quality. Being aware of how to improve it can help retain healthy levels. Here’s a quick guide to three different ways you can improve your home’s air quality:
Change the Filter
Your HVAC system uses a filter to trap dirt and allergens. As a result, it keeps them from recirculating in your home’s air supply. Your filter is one of the best ways to keep the air quality in your home high. It defends against the unwanted contaminants that can cause irritation.
You should change your HVAC filter every few months — or sooner if it becomes filled with dust or other debris. Remember: The higher the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of your filter, the more effective it is at removing dust. However, the higher the MERV, the harder your system has to work to pull air through.
Most homes have ventilation fans in both the bathroom and kitchen. That’s because these are the areas where moisture congregates the most. Humidity brings with it a host of problems, ranging from biological growth to dust mites.
Run your exhaust fans during and after every shower. As a result, they’ll help balance the humidity quickly by removing the moist air and replacing it with fresh air. In addition, run your fan when cooking items that produce a lot of steam, like boiling pasta.
Houseplants are a simple and passive way to remove unwanted contaminants from the air. Plants like ficus and ferns thrive in indoor environments. They also provide excellent air quality improvement. Just be careful when purchasing plants if you have pets, as some indoor plants are toxic to our furry friends.
Bradham Brothers, Inc. can help with all of your home air quality concerns. Give us a call at (704) 912-1456 to learn more!
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