Fall is arguably the best time of the year in Florida. But while you may be enjoying cooler temperatures and less humidity, allergies can cause a bit of frustration—especially if your home is only contributing to these issues.
Good indoor air quality is important for a healthy home, and you may not realize that some of the most common-sense efforts to protect your home can be part of the problem. Take for example home sealing, which can actually cause the pollutant levels in your home to be more concentrated. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to boost your home’s IAQ this fall, like these three easy tips below:
1. Naturally filter the air with houseplants.
You may recall that plants use carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, which results in oxygen being emitted. Similarly, plants can absorb many dangerous gases from your home environment, including formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and xylene. Look for plants that thrive in the southern parts of Florida and that will coordinate nicely with your home’s interior design. Want more info? Check out Houseplants That Can Clean Your Home’s Air.
2. Have your ductwork inspected and cleaned.
Your ducts can get just as dirty as your air filter because of normal HVAC activity, but because they are out of sight, you might not even realize that they are promoting poor indoor air quality. Fall is an excellent time to inspect the overall condition of your ductwork for any leaks or damages. Duct inspection and cleaning should take place every three to five years or on an as-needed basis.
3. Schedule a professional maintenance checkup for your HVAC system.
A dirty air handler can lead to the growth of mold and bacteria, which can seriously impede your home’s indoor air quality. Fortunately, scheduling a maintenance checkup with a professional this fall is an easy way to curtail this problem. Similarly if you have a heat pump, it’s important to schedule a maintenance appointment this fall to protect your family from excess mold and bacteria from building up on the evaporator coils. In doing so, you’ll prevent potential HVAC-related carbon monoxide problems.
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