You may not be able to do a lot to change the yard air Jacksonville FL, but you can improve the air quality inside your home or office. Air quality can be compromised by dust, mold, mildew as well as chemicals from building materials, cleaning products or fabric treatments. Breathing in these contaminants can cause or worsen allergies and lung problems, and it can be dangerous for those with compromised immune systems. The good news is that cleaning up your air may be much easier than you think.
Plants are nature’s air filters. NASA scientists have studied how effectively houseplants can purify the air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of the chemicals that were found to be neutralized were benzene and formaldehyde. Benzene is a chemical emitted from some fabrics and plastics, as well as from pesticides and cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in some cosmetics and household cleaners.
Most people don’t change their air conditioner filters nearly enough. You would be surprised what can come into a home through the ventilation system. Tree pollen and debris from outside can end up in your vents and can be blown into your home when you have the A/C fans on. Mold or mildew can also form in vents or air registers, causing allergies or asthma attacks. Change your air filter at least once per month to keep your air clean.
Air purifiers with Hepa filters are another excellent way to clean the air of particles that can irritate the lungs and nasal passages. Air is forced through a fine mesh that captures pollen, pet dander, dust and tobacco smoke. Some purifiers also have attached UV lights to kill fungus, bacteria, germs and viruses. A bonus is that they can also remove odors from the air from cooking or pets.