It’s a little known fact that air pollution in your property can be just as harmful as it is outdoors. It certainly can affect your quality of life, health and wellbeing of the inhabitants. The average homeowner spends 88% of their life indoors. Air quality inside your home is something we should hear about more often and does affect our quality of life. With some basic knowledge and preventative maintenance, you can take simple steps to enhance the air in your home for your own benefit and that of your indoor pets.
Improved quality of life for you and your pets
Few people consider the air inside their home as a potential threat. However, with pollution becoming more of a threat outside especially in urban areas it makes us want to protect our home environments, to optimise our quality of life where we live.
Here are 5 easy ways you can use to improve your quality of life through better air in your property:
Inspect your air ducts
Your air ducts distribute cold and hot air throughout your property, giving you a comfortable atmosphere in each room. However, poorly installed and unmaintained ducts can distribute pollutants from one room of your house to another. With time, dander, mold and even dust can build up in the ducts, generally reducing the air quality. You should hire an expert to ensure that your air ducts are circulating clean and fresh air.
Upgrade your AC filters
Air conditioning systems are constantly working to give your property that ideal temperature throughout the year. But while they are rotating through all the air, they are filtered out most of the air pollutants to help manage the respiratory health and wellbeing of all residents. In the long run, their air filters can fill up and even stop working. When upgrading your filters, ensure that you check the size as well as the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of the AC filter. The higher the MERV rating of your system, the more effective your filters will be.
Experts recommend filters with a MERV rating of 11 to enhance air quality in your home or business premise. MERV 11 is best for pets for health reasons, since the strong electrostatic charge captures almost all pet dander. It also filters out mold spores, lint, dust, debris, pollen, smog, and smoke from your air. Besides, the MERV 11 AC filters work, 30 times more efficiently and also last three times longer than standard fiberglass filters.
Purchase indoor plants
Though a simple step to improving a healthy environment it is often overlooked as a simple and affordable option. Buying indoor plants can improve the quality of air in your home and enhance the décor of your living space. Small plants such as lilies and ferns, and even towering palm trees are usually the best options when it comes to pulling pollutants out of your home’s air. There is no doubt the addition of a few well placed plants can improve your respiratory health and so your quality of life.
Keep your carpets and rugs clean
Considering the quality of life throughout your home, carpets and rugs do more than making your home more comfortable. They typically act as health inducing air filters themselves, trapping debris, and other dust particles in their fibres. If you have pets or indoor animals at large in the home it is doubly important to clean your rugs and carpets weekly for health reasons. Care for them and they will continue working for you while enhancing the quality of air in your home and so your quality of life.