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3 Tips to Improve Indoor Air

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There are steps you can take to improve air quality at homeAwareness of indoor air quality problems is important as you consider how to make your home environment healthier. It's helpful to recognize that many everyday activities release particles or gases into your home's environment. That doesn't mean that you need to stop cooking, laundering your clothing or printing from your home computer. However, understanding that the related emissions may find their way into your lungs provides motivation for finding methods of improving indoor conditions. Following are three important tips for addressing indoor pollution:

1. Natural Pollutant Mitigation

Numerous houseplants provide not only beautiful decorative enhancement but also pollution control in your home. Spider plants, for example, naturally filter gaseous materials like carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Aloe vera provides natural air filtration, and the plant's gel possesses additional healing properties. Consider having the air in your home tested to identify specific pollutants, and research plants that filter for those pollutants.

2. Make HVAC Maintenance a Priority

Because your air supply comes into direct contact with the components of your heating and cooling system, it's important to remember pre-season maintenance. A tune-up ensures that your equipment is adjusted to meet manufacturer specifications, and related cleaning tasks remove layers of dirt that could taint the air that you breathe. This also reduces the risk of promoting mold and mildew on the equipment.

3. Say Goodbye to Ducted Comfort Control

A central HVAC system exposes your airstream to a variety of contaminants. Dust and pet dander may settle in the ductwork, allowing the air supply to consistently come into contact with these materials. Leaks in the ducts provide access for insects and other vermin as well, creating the potential for serious health issues. Leaky ducts can promote back drafting of carbon monoxide emissions from an attached garage or other source, as well.

The installation of a ductless heat pump enables you to enjoy comfort control in each space within your home without the worry of your air supply being funneled through a dirty system of ductwork. A ductless heat pump coordinates with independent air handlers in different spaces throughout your home to provide targeted delivery of conditioned air as needed. Each unit's advanced filtration system provides more intensive air cleaning as your equipment operates.

Find a Contractor

A Mitsubishi Electric Contractor can assist with an air quality evaluation to help you pinpoint issues specific to your home. You can also take advantage of expert advice about the benefits of ductless equipment as you endeavor to improve your home's air supply. We can help you find a contractor in your area today.

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