The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have indicated that levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally over 100 times!—higher than the levels of air pollutants outdoors. This means indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern, especially after taking into account that Americans spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors.
In order to protect health and quality of life, air quality is an absolutely essential issue for all homeowners to address and routinely maintain. Fortunately, there are a number of steps Clearwater and Tampa Bay area homeowners can take to help care for their home’s air and breathe easy this spring.
#1 Take Spring Cleaning Seriously
A first step to better air quality is to give your house a good cleaning, which helps to remove allergens. But with cleaning can also come toxins. So, another easy step to take is to stop using harsh chemical cleaners and choose to either purchase green cleaning products or make your own DIY household cleaners instead.
There are some inexpensive and readily available household items you can use as effective—and natural—cleaning products.
Here are the top seven natural cleaning essentials all homeowners should use:
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda
- Soap Flakes
- Oil Soap
#2 Mite-Proof Mattress and Pillow Covers
Another easy and inexpensive step is to use mattress and pillow covers to guard against dust mites, which are a significant allergen.
#3 Ditch the Air Fresheners
Limiting or completely eliminating air fresheners may also help your family breath more easily. While these items may make for a more pleasant smelling house, they can contain significant toxic chemicals that can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Follow these simple instructions if you’re interested in making your own DIY natural air freshener:
#4 Go Green
Another simple step you can take to improve your home’s IAQ is to add plants to your indoor space. Many indoor house plants have air purifying qualities, meaning not only will your home look more beautiful, but it will also have improved air quality.
Dr. Bill Wolverton recommends putting as many plants as you can care for in the rooms of your house you use most.
Here are 10 NASA approved houseplants for improving your IAQ:
- Aloe Vera
- Peace Lily
- Spider Plant
- English Ivy
- Boston Fern
- Heart Leaf Philodendron
- African Violets
- Chinese Evergreen
Want to learn more about improving your home’s air quality?
Check out our blog: Quick Tips for Boosting Indoor Air Quality
Blair’s Air Can Improve Your IAQ With Quality AC Service in Clearwater
One final easy step that can help you care for your air is to have properly functioning air conditioning maintained by qualified professionals. Blair’s Air is a family-owned business experienced in helping Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa Bay area homeowners with HVAC and air quality issues of all shapes and sizes. Call us today to restore health to your home and to breathe easy this spring.