You shouldn’t have to worry about asthma, allergies, dry skin, and other preventable ailments when you’re at home. There are plenty of things you can do to help your family breathe easier, such as installing an air purifier, using a humidifier, and placing plants around your home. Check out how easy it is to incorporate these things into your home’s HVAC plan.
Install an Air Purifier
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Most people don’t realize that an HVAC system can involve more than a furnace and air conditioner. You can also have an air purifier tied to your system. It can test pollution levels in your home and filter them out. An air purifier is a great way to reduce asthma triggers, prevent mold, and reduce unwanted odors.
If you don’t have money to install an air purifier, you can still help eliminate toxins in the air with a HEPA filter in your HVAC, which is stronger than a standard air filter. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters can trap small particles up to 0.3 microns. This includes indoor pollutants like bacteria, pollen, mold, dust, and lint.
Use a Humidifier/Dehumidifier
Maintaining the humidity level in your home is also important for your family’s health. Low humidity leads to dry skin, nose, and throat. Plus, low humidity can damage hardwood floors and wood furniture.
The ideal humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent. You can check the humidity level in your home with a hygrometer. Most HVAC professionals can perform this test for you, but many humidifiers also have the testing device built in. If the humidity level in your home is too high, you should turn to a dehumidifier.
Basements typically have higher humidity levels than the rest of your home, as well as bathrooms and kitchens. That’s why most people choose to use humidifiers only in bedrooms instead of other areas in the home. You can also get a home humidifier system that connects to your HVAC.
Place Plants Around Your Home
Nature is amazing! Plants help filter air so it’s easier for you and your family to breathe. They take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. They also filter out VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Therefore, one of the easiest ways to improve the air quality in your home is with a variety of house plants. Some of the best houseplants for cleaning the air in your home are the spider plant, garden mum, dracaena, ficus, snake plant, and aloe vera. Place them in the main living areas of your home to help your family breathe easier. Just make sure to water them, and ensure they get enough light.
If you care about the health of your family, you should take steps to make the air in your home cleaner. With an air purifier, humidifier/dehumidifier, and house plants, you’ll notice that your family doesn’t get sick as much as other families, and they’ll have more energy. Take steps now to help your family breathe easier in their own home.