According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Because of the disproportionate amount of time inside, it’s more important than ever to ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible for your Virginia Beach, Virginia, home or office. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some easy tips that are certain to keep your indoor air quality high.
Buy a Few Houseplants
If you don’t want to throw money into major upgrades or you just love a natural approach to improving indoor air quality, buy some houseplants. These plants help filter and purify the air by removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and benzene, while producing more oxygen. Peace lilies, ferns, and African violets are some of the best species for air purification and are easily found at your local florist or hardware store.
Upgrade Your Air Filter
Air filters come in a number of grades, ranging from loose to ultra fine. If you’ve used low-grade, cheap air filters, you may want to upgrade to one with a higher Minimum Efficiency Rating Value, or MERV. The higher this number, the better the filter is at removing contaminants and debris from your air. In addition, you should remember to change your filter at least once every 30 to 90 days depending on the workload of the system.
Try an Air Purifier
If you still find that the air quality isn’t up to your standards, it’s time to try an air purifier. These high-efficiency systems work for your entire house, catching and killing up to 99 percent of viruses, bacteria, pollen, and mold that are in the air. These work in conjunction with your air filter to provide the cleanest air possible.
When it comes to air quality, there’s no reason to put your family at risk of serious health problems. If you’re looking to upgrade, make sure to give us a call at Weather Makers, Inc. We’ll provide sound advice and installation of any air quality systems. You can reach us today at 757-263-4869.