Poor indoor air quality can cause health problems, such as allergies, respiratory issues, and even cancer. There’s no way to eliminate all contaminants from the air. However, there are a few simple ways you can reduce pollutants and improve the quality of air in your Naples, Florida, home.

Ventilate Your Home

An HVAC unit doesn’t bring in fresh air from outdoors unless you add a ventilation system to it. If you don’t have a ventilation system, then you need to let fresh air in by opening a window or door at least once a day. This helps remove stagnant air and prevents moisture buildup that can lead to harmful biological growth.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Many homeowners would rather avoid spending money on HVAC maintenance and only call an HVAC technician when the system breaks down. However, regular HVAC maintenance not only helps you avoid costly repairs but also keeps your AC unit clean. Changing the air filter, cleaning the air vents, and scheduling duct cleaning keeps the system free of dirt and dust that can cause allergies or exacerbate asthma.

Add Plants

One easy way to purify the air is by adding some greenery to your house. Certain plants are excellent at removing impurities and toxic chemicals. These include bamboo palm, dracaena, philodendron, and spider plants. These plants, along with others, inject extra oxygen into the environment and absorb carbon monoxide.

Switch to Natural Household Cleaners

Another way to reduce harmful chemicals is to clean your home with natural or "green" products. Conventional household cleaners, furniture polish, detergents, and air fresheners are loaded with chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These include formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and ethanol, which are health hazards. Instead, try natural products, such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and borax. They do a great job at keeping your home spotless.

Cleaner air means a healthier home. At JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning, we have a variety of products designed to improve indoor air quality. Contact us at 239-300-9186 to find the best solution for your home.

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