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I heard a statistic recently that said 90% of our time is spent indoors – a huge part of which is in our own homes. I don’t know about you, but for me, that really puts into perspective the level of concern I should have around outdoor pollution versus the air quality in my own home. Today, I’m sharing with you four simple ways you can improve the air quality in your home – and three of them can be done in under an hour! Indoor air quality isn’t something that’s talked about much, but it carries some serious weight in regard to our overall health!
My family has always struggled with allergies – especially my husband, Chris. In fact, his allergies got so bad last fall that he had to start using an asthma inhaler! So, when our kids started showing some basic symptoms like sneezing and sinus congestion, we decided to do some research about how to improve the air quality in our home. The best, and simplest ways we’ve discovered are by installing an air purification system and simply having our HVAC contractor clean and maintain our HVAC system.
I understand that this concept of “indoor air quality” may be new for a lot of you, so I’m hoping today’s post will help you understand a bit more about how it may be affecting you and your family and offer a few easy ways to improve the air quality in your home!
POOR AIR QUALITY IN YOUR HOME CAN CAUSE:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms on an ongoing basis, I’d encourage you to try a few of the simple tasks in today’s post and see if they help. We recognize a large improvement in Chris and my kiddos when we’re actively working to keep the air in our home clean! Of course, I’m not a doctor, so don’t take this as a diagnosis. 😉
4 Simple Ways to Improve the
Air Quality in Your Home
1. INSTALL AN AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM
The first, and most effective, way to improve the air quality in your home is to install an air purification system, especially if you suffer from severe allergies.
We were recently introduced to the Lennox PureAir™ whole-home air purification system from Lennox® and we’re really impressed with its advanced technology. Unlike any other air purification system on the market, it uses an advanced 3-step process for filtering the air to deliver hospital-level filtration!
With the Lennox PureAir™ from Lennox® your home is being cleared of:
- Allergy-aggravating particles such as dust, pollen and pet dander
- Mold and germs that grow and reproduce in damp places, such as basements and crawlspaces
- Odors and chemical vapors from paints, cleaning supplies and additives used in carpeting and furniture
I don’t know about you, but having the air in my home cleaned of all those things would definitely help me sleep better at night! 😉
Learn more about the PureAir™ purification system over at Lennox.com.
2. CLEAN YOUR AIR INTAKE VENT
The second way to improve air quality in your home is by cleaning your air intake vent.
This vent is where your home’s HVAC system collects the air to go through the furnace and sends through the house. Ours is located in the ceiling of our hallway and, as much as I hate to admit it, gathers dust like crazy… Like most people, it’s not on my “routine” cleaning list so it goes untouched for long periods of time. This just means that when it takes air into the furnace, it’s also collecting tons of dust particles and germs.
To clean ours, I simply unscrew, remove and wash the metal grate and vacuum out the inside of the duct as much as I can.
3. REPLACE YOUR AIR FILTER
The third way to improve the air quality in your home is to replace your system’s air filter. Normally, the air filter for your HVAC system is located inside your furnace or air handler and collects particles from the air as it circulates through the duct system and into your home.
I’d recommend you change out your air filter every three months, as well as have your full HVAC serviced by a professional once a year. The cost of having it serviced is reasonably priced, and it helps keep your system maintained so it lasts longer! Contact your local Lennox® dealer for the annual servicing of your HVAC system. Find a dealer near you.
4. CLEAN YOUR AIR VENTS
The fourth way to improve your home’s air quality is by giving your air vents a quick clean. This doesn’t have to be extensive! It could be as simple as dusting off the vents.
Our vents are floor vents, but you could do this with wall or ceiling vents too. Typically, I remove all the vents and run them through the dishwasher and then vacuum out as much of the ducting as I can. You’d be amazed how many coins I find in those ducts that our kids have stuck in those vents. 😉
Ok, so let’s review.
For super clean air in your home, install an air purification system. They function right along with your existing HVAC system and clean the air better than any other method. We recommend Lennox’ PureAir™ system for its advanced technology and capabilities!
For simple quarterly maintenance and upkeep, clean out your air intake vent, replace your air filter, and clean your in-floor vents.
By doing any one of these four things, you’re removing dust, germs and odors from your home – talk about improving its comfort and livability!
I hope today’s post gave you a little insight on the importance of keeping your home’s air clean and comfortable and, as always, let me know if you have any questions!