Air quality is a big deal to us because we like to keep our moving bovines in peak physical condition. After all, it’s their professionalism and stellar performance that make us a stand out moving company in CentralTexas.
It’s also an important factor for our many clients. During the late spring and summer, the air quality inside can drop because of the heat outside. Homes are shut up tight to keep the cool air in, but that also keeps fresh air out.
Don’t worry! You can breath a sigh of relief because we’re sharing some of our top tips on how to keep the air clean indoors throughout the summer months. These tips are particularly helpful when you’re moving into a new home because you’ll have an opportunity to start fresh.
Change or Clean Your Air Filters Regularly
It’s easy to forget about your air filters since they are tucked behind vents. But they play a vital role in catching dirt, debris, allergens, and more as air moves through the ducts and out into rooms. Simply changing or cleaning your filters every 1-2 months can dramatically improve the air quality inside.
Choose Your Remodeling Materials Carefully
There is one major contributor to poor air quality in homes – VOCs. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that evaporate into the air, significantly impacting the health and air quality of a home. VOCs are emitted by a wide variety of products including:
- Composite wood materials
- Household cleaners
If you’re planning to update or remodel your home, carefully consider how various materials will affect the air quality. Paints now list their VOC level on the can and suppliers should be able to tell you the VOC level for cabinets, flooring, etc.
One easy and effective way to clean toxins and VOCs out of the air is to add a little greenery inside. Studies have shown that houseplants can play a role in improving the air quality indoors. NASA has studied the benefits of indoor plants for decades, which makes sense given that you can’t open a window in outer space.
Luckily, we’ve got a lot of houseplant options here on Earth. NASA’s research has identified which flora and fauna are the best at cleaning compounds like formaldehyde out of the air. The list includes:
- Aloe Vera
- Broadleaf Lady Palm
- English Ivy
- Varigated Snake Plant
- Peace Lilies
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum
If you have pets, you’ll have to choose your indoor plants carefully. Many of the houseplants that clean toxins out of the air are also toxic to animals.
Use Vents While Cooking
Cooking at home is a great way to watch your calories and make sure your family is eating a healthy meal. But cooking can release VOCs into the air, and if you use a gas stove carbon monoxide can be elevated. Researchers at Iowa State University have found that carbon monoxide levels are significantly higher when someone cooks on a gas-fired range without using a range hood.
It may be a little noisy, but turning the vent on while you cook will definitely keep the air cleaner.
Cleaning up the air quality of your home is possible when a few precautions are taken. While you figure out the best way to keep the air clean in your new home, Square Cow Movers can get everything moved in. We’re very respectful of your personal space and take care not to track in dirt, debris, and allergens. If you need a helping hoof, give our customer service team a call or get an instant moving quote online!