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How to Make the Air in Your Home Better for Your Health

The past few decades have seen an explosion in health-related information. This has happened in part because of better scientific equipment and research programs. The Internet has done its part by making it easier to find the information. That’s why we know that your home’s air quality can prove a source of health problems. So what can you do to improve it?

Invest in the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Looking back 25 or 30 years, people didn’t think that hard about vacuum cleaners. If it picked dirt or dust up off the floor, it was good enough. Now we understand that pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens can escape back into our home through the vacuum’s exhaust.

To really improve your home’s air quality, you need a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters help remove the tiny particulates that make conditions like asthma and other respiratory illnesses flare up.

Manage Your Humidity

Some of the nastier things that can grow in your home, such as dust mites, mold, and mildew, need a fair amount of humidity to thrive. The problem only increases the more humid it gets inside and longer it stays that way. A properly functioning AC system goes a long way to managing your humidity in the hot summer months.

Let’s say that you’ve had trouble with humidity in past years. It might indicate you need more AC units or a larger AC unit for a central air system. If you’ve got a right-sized unit for your home, though, it’s probably a good sign that you need air conditioner repair services.

Plants

Don’t assume you can pick any random plant off the shelf in the garden department of a home improvement store. Plants can actually become a source of poor air quality. You need to pick the right plants for your home. A few excellent options include:

  • Bamboo Palm
  • English Ivy
  • Warneckii Dracaena
  • Gerbera Daisy

While you may not love the look of all these plants, you can probably find one that’s tolerable.

Improving the air quality in your home isn’t just about having a place that smells good. It’s also about supporting your overall health. It’s especially crucial if you or a family member suffers from a respiratory condition, such as asthma. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do. Pick up a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Get your AC serviced so it controls humidity in your home. Invest in a few of the right house plants. Your home air quality will improve in no time.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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