Having fresh clean air inside of your home is the best way to breathe easy. Unfortunately, here in New Jersey we don’t have the best air. According to the American Lung Association, New Jersey is ranked among the worst areas for air pollution. Before you go out and get a gas mask, there are things you can do to make the air in your home better. Team Electric Plumbing & Air wants to help you breathe easy. Here are a few tips for better indoor air.
Replace your Air Filter: Your air filter’s job is to capture dust, dander and air borne dirt. When it gets full, dust begins to bypass the filter and you will find more dust in your home. Changing your air filter regularly, at least monthly, is easy to do, but easy to forget. If you have a difficult time remembering, put a reminder on your phone or calendar.
The Air Filter Difference: Air filters are graded by the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) scale. Most of your residential filters range from 4 to 12. At the lower ranges, your filter will trap larger particles. When you use a high efficiency filter on the higher range of the scale, you can trap things as small as viruses. A high efficiency filter will increase the work load on your furnace and increase your power bill. You should find a filter that is right for your home situation.
Clean Sweep: You can improve the indoor air quality of your home by keeping your carpets vacuumed. Just make certain your vacuum has a HEPA filter, so it can trap the dust and not just recirculate it. Keeping your hard floors mopped will reduce dust and dirt on your home as well.
Dutiful Dusting: Like vacuuming, dusting the furniture in your home is going to help. Dust contains pet dander, dust mites, pollen, dead skin, dirt, lead, and volatile organic compounds. Regular dusting traps these pollutants and keeps your home fresher.
Shoes off at the Door: You might feel funny taking your shoes off to enter your home, but it is one of the best practices to improve the quality of your indoor air. Imagine all of the places you walk and all the surfaces your shoes touch. According to the EPA, your shoes pick up heavy metals, bacteria, chemicals, and a large assortment of other bad things. If you walk around your home with your shoes on, you will transmit everything that is on the bottom of your shoes, into your home.
Happy Humidity: Humidity is all about being just right. Too much and your home grows mold, too little and your skin will feel like sand paper. In order to get your humidity levels just right, our electricians and HVAC experts can install bathroom fans, dehumidifiers, and special filters that will help control the moisture levels in your air.
Indoor Green Thumb: While house plants require you to remember to add water, they pay big dividends. Plants are built to uptake carbon dioxide from the air, their leaves and roots can absorb a variety of harmful chemicals. Plants are a quick fix to indoor air quality. Just make certain you don’t over water them, otherwise you will have a moisture issue.
Team Electric Plumbing & Air
When it comes to improving indoor air quality, if you have questions then we have answers. Our knowledgeable, friendly technicians have the skills you need to install dehumidifiers, furnace air filter systems, and bathroom fans. When it comes to electricity, heating, and air conditioning in New Jersey we are the experts.