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  • 7 Unexpected Ways to Increase Indoor Air Quality in the Summer

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  • 7 Unexpected Ways to Increase Indoor Air Quality in the Summer

    June 14, 2019

    ways to increase indoor air quality in the summer

    It’s summertime in DFW, and that means your home is your retreat from the heat. And although cool, air-conditioned air is comfortable, it can carry dangerous chemicals and particulates.

    At Crawford Services we know how important your family’s health and safety are. That’s why we have provided these tips on how to ensure your family is breathing the best air possible, all summer long.

    Ventilate

    Believe it or not, our own homes are a major source of air pollutants. Air conditioning has been shown to increase the presence of chemicals and harmful particulates within your walls.

    To counteract the presence of these pollutants, simply increase the amount of outdoor air flowing into your home. Opening a few windows in the early morning and late evening can dissipate harmful indoor pollutants.

    Add a Doormat

    Pollutants and asthma aggravators can enter your home on the heels of your friends and family. Trap dirt, dust, and particles by adding a doormat in front of all exits that lead to the outside.

    Check your Paint

    Even the walls of your home can pose a threat to your family. Most varieties of wall paint leech toxic chemicals into your air. Luckily, paint now comes in “Zero VOC” and “Low VOC” varieties.  These labels indicate paint with a low concentration of volatile organic compounds. Choosing these products will reduce the concentration of chemicals in your home’s air.

    Check your Furniture

    Unfortunately, your furniture can also be fraught with chemical danger. For example, many furniture glues contain harmful toxins, and some furniture is treated with formaldehyde. What’s more, some of the lacquers and varnishes applied to furniture can be an irritant to those with allergies and asthma. If you are in the market for some new pieces, be sure to purchase furniture made without harsh chemicals.

    Beeswax Candles

    Regular candles can release benzene, toluene, soot and other toxins into your home. But beeswax candles burn with no smoke or scent and are excellent natural air purification tools.

    Negative ions released by beeswax candles bind with the positive ions in dust, dirt, and pollutants, sucking these particles into the flame, and removing them from the air.

    Salt Lamps

    Himalayan salt lamps are a unique air purification tool. Salt lamps attract and absorb water molecules from the air, including any particles the molecules carry. As the lamp is then heated by the light bulb inside, the water molecules re-evaporate into the air and the particles stay trapped in the salt.

    Plants

    Many homeowners choose to have plants in their homes for aesthetic purposes. Yet, few know that houseplants can also be effective air purifiers. Houseplants can diffuse toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.  The following plants help increase indoor air quality and are beautiful, low-maintenance additions to your home.

    • Bamboo Palm
    • Barberton Daisy
    • Devil’s Ivy
    • Red Edged Dracaena
    • Varigated Snake Plant
    • Warneckii Dracaena

    Plants with thicker leaves like the Bamboo Palm and Varigated Snake Plant will purify the air quicker. To reap maximum purification benefits, there should be about two plants per 100 square feet.

    Need more ideas for ways to increase your indoor air quality this summer? Call Crawford!

    Another great way to increase your indoor air quality is with an AC tune-up. The HVAC experts of Crawford Services provide the Dallas Fort Worth area with solutions in comfort and air quality 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at 214-271-8800 (Dallas), 817-869-9045 (Fort Worth), or schedule service on our website.