Many of us are spending more time than usual at home, and whether you’re working remotely or enjoying time with family instead of heading out on the town, the air you’re breathing in matters. While most of us associate air quality with the air outside, the air inside of your home is also critical to your health. Taking time to improve indoor air quality will ensure that the only thing you are breathing in is fresh, clean and healthy air. How can you improve your air quality in just a few steps?

1.    Use Green Cleaning Methods

One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is paying close attention to the things that you are putting into the air inside of your home. Whenever you are cleaning around your house, remember that most fragrances are chemicals. The fresh pine or citrus scent that our brains naturally associate with a space being clean is just in products to cover up the harsh chemical scent underneath. Pay close attention to the cleaning products that you use and focus on ones that use natural scents, like essential oils, if you prefer scented products.

2.    Don’t Forget Your Air Ducts

The air ducts in your home are responsible for delivering air conditioned air and heat throughout your home. If they are filled with dust, debris and other allergens, those will be pushed throughout your home any time that you turn on your air conditioning. To improve indoor air quality, take care to have your air ducts cleaned regularly. Professional air duct cleaning is the easiest hands-off way to ensure a thorough cleaning without doing it yourself.

3.    Change Your Filters

At Exxel Mechanical Services, one of the problems we often encounter when checking over HVAC systems is old filters. The filters in your system help to improve indoor air quality in your home, and they are particularly important when you are running your air conditioning unit frequently in the spring and summer. Depending on how many pets are in your home and the baseline air quality, you should plan on changing your indoor air filter every 30-90 days. Make a habit of checking your filter once a month so that you understand how dirty it is at any given time.

The filters and screens you should check to ensure great air quality include:

  • HVAC filters
  • HEPA filters
  • Vacuum cleaner filters
  • Bathroom fan exhaust fan grilles

If you haven’t scheduled an HVAC tune-up yet, spring is the perfect time to do so. Exxel Mechanical Services can come to your home this spring to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the summer ahead.

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4.    Enjoy Your Houseplants

Houseplants are one of the most fun ways to decorate your home, and they are also great for the air quality indoors. Houseplants help to filter out air pollutants in your home, and if you use one plant per 100 square feet inside of your home, you can achieve a noticeable amount of air purification. Some of the best plants for filtering the air inside of your home include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Spider plants
  • English ivy
  • Ficus
  • Weeping fig
  • Gerber daisies
  • Azaleas
  • And more!

5.    Maintain the Right Humidity Level

A home that is too humid or too dry is more likely to experience air quality issues, so investing in a humidifier and dehumidifier can do the trick. Humidity levels that are at or below 55% should ensure the best possible indoor air quality in the spring. You should avoid letting the air get too dry and falling below 40%, or you might experience dry eyes, bloody noses or skin that feels perpetually dry. If you aren’t sure how dehumidification or humidification could be integrated in with your HVAC system, be sure to ask your professional at Exxel Mechanical Solutions. We are here to help make your home as comfortable as possible.

6.    Schedule Preventative Maintenance

One of the best ways to keep your system running smoothly all year long is with preventative maintenance. Many issues that snowball into repairs could be identified and repaired before you are suddenly without air conditioning on a hot summer morning. Failing to invest in preventative maintenance can mean parts wearing out and eventually causing problems that require significant repairs or even the replacement of the entire unit.

If you are looking for an easy way to take care of your preventative maintenance and avoid costly downtime, Exxel Mechanical Services offers exclusive maintenance agreements that include annual inspection, priority service, customer service and the expertise you expect from our HVAC contractors. Our different maintenance plans are offered in two tiers, silver and gold, to meet your needs and adjust for the age of your HVAC unit. Our base plan includes a detailed inspection of the inside and outside of your unit and a discount on parts, while our gold plan gives you a major discount on any parts and labor that you require. We are here to support you through the year and take care of all of your A/C maintenance needs, as well as performing repairs when necessary. To improve indoor air quality, you need the right partners to keep your system maintained, and we are here to help you with that.

How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality at My Home?

Exxel Mechanical Services is here to support all of our residential and commercial clients and keep their HVAC systems in excellent condition, as well as help you improve indoor air quality at your property. We are always available to help assess your system, provide you with a free quote or come out to restore your heat or air conditioning in the event of an emergency. To learn more or get a free quote, call us at 443-821-1040 or email us at bob@exxelmechanical.com. We look forward to keeping your family comfortable.