No matter the season, improving indoor air quality should be a priority for all homeowners. Since we at A.J. Perri know being a homeowner is a big responsibility, we wanted to share some simple ways you can improve your New Jersey home’s air quality.
Change your air filter
Switching out your dirty air filter for a new one at least every three months is one of the simplest and quickest things you can do to improve the air quality in your home. If you aren’t sure which air filter is suitable for your system, start here.
Clean your air ducts
It’s probably been a while since the last time you’ve seen the inside of your air ducts. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually just through everyday living. That 40 pounds of dust contains chemicals, air pollutants, and dander. These contaminants are then pulled into your heating and cooling system and re-circulated 5-7 times daily. Imagine what that buildup looks like inside ductwork. Learn more about how duct cleaning works.
It may be a hard reality to face, but dust is mainly made of dead skin cells, dust mites, and animal dander. We at A.J. Perri and the American Lung Association recommend incorporating regular dusting into your cleaning routine.
Use range vents
If your kitchen is equipped with a range hood, be sure to use it to vent away cooking odors and filter out heat, smoke, grease, and moisture.
Install an Air Scrubber
Want your air cleaned while you sleep? Install an Air Scrubber. They utilize UV light waves to create molecules sent throughout your home to clean and disinfect. Air Scrubbers reduce or eliminate air pollutants, cigarette smell, chemical odors, dust, smoke, pollen, mold, and 99 percent germs and viruses.
Vacuum carpets and rugs
Run the vacuum over carpets and rugs often to prevent dust accumulation from floating in the air.
Remove shoes at home entrances
While you’re at it, it’s best to remove shoes at the entrance of homes to avoid tracking in outside dirt and dust.
Try air-cleaning plants
There are a variety of plants that help keep the air clean. The best part is, many of them are low-maintenance houseplants, so there is no green thumb required. Plants like the Peace Lilly help remove formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and more from the air.
Whether you need help cleaning your air ducts, details on air scrubbers, or recommendations on air filters for your system, talk with our team at A.J. Perri at (732) 733-2548.