Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Overall Health
People across the globe are searching for ways to improve their health and ultimately live longer happier lives. And the overall well-being of human bodies starts with a substance that fills out the lungs every second of the day.
If you guessed it, today's topic is air, not just outdoor air, but the air that fills homes everywhere. It’s a necessity to live, but it can also be the root cause of some sicknesses. Poor air quality in a house can cause chronic headaches, nasal congestion, and nausea which often go misdiagnosed for years.
So, in the spirit of becoming healthier and more conscious about what goes into the body, here are a few tips to improve indoor air quality.
Buying Plants for More than Decoration
Plants are great for bringing nature indoors, but there are hidden qualities to this beautiful greenery that can make their owners healthier. This is because plants use photosynthesis to live and grow. They pull the carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen.
Having many plants in a home will provide better air quality than plant-free homes because plants pull carbon dioxide and other harmful toxins out of the air. So include some greenery in your home decor for a low-maintenance and cost-effective way to purify the air.
Properly Maintain the Air Conditioner
If a green thumb doesn’t run in the family, don’t fret. Proper bi-annual maintenance of an air conditioner is an even more effective way to improve indoor air quality. Professionals suggest that homeowners schedule a rigorous test of their air conditioner twice a year in the spring and the fall. These two periods of seasonal change can create drastic changes to the air quality if not properly maintained. A seasonal inspection can also extend the AC unit's life because if there is an issue, the professional doing the maintenance check can quickly assess and fix it before it escalates.
Changing the air filter in the AC unit more frequently can also provide health benefits because just as the lint filter in a dryer cannot efficiently collect lint when it’s full, the same goes for the air filter. Once a filter gets full, it stops working and allows the pollutants back into the home for the owners to breathe.
Other Ways to Clean Up the Air
For homeowners looking to boost the amount of clean air they inhale, these additions can also help:
- Cleaning and dusting a home often, opening windows, and having pets regularly groomed is the easiest way to keep pollutants and toxins from building up and make the air conditioner's job a little easier.
- Opting for essential oils instead of diffusers, salt lamps instead of regular lamps, and beeswax candles instead of scented ones are more holistic changes homeowners can make.
- Air Purifiers vary in size and price but ultimately help reduce the number of toxins that the air filters and plants miss by purifying the air as long as it’s on.
- Air Scrubbers are more pricey but work with less energy than an air purifier because they hook up to a home's ductwork and clear the contaminants before they can exit the vents.
About RCL Mechanical
RCL Mechanical is a locally owned and operated business that provides award-winning service to the residents of Taunton, Bristol County, and South Shore, MA. They offer flat-rate pricing, emergency service, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for indoor air quality services in Raynham, MA.