It’s important to have good air quality in the places you work or live. When people encounter poor air quality for long periods of time, they can see an increase in illness symptoms like headaches, coughs, sneezes, and more. Take care of yourself and those around you by following these tips:

Regularly change the filter. The filters in your HVAC units are catching dust, dirt, and other contaminants as they enter the ducts. When those filters are too dirty to work properly, then you might notice the air quality decrease. If you don’t have access to where the filter can be changed, then you should find other purification solutions; for example, an in-room air purifier or the BreatheClean system that uses ultraviolet light rays to kill viruses and bacteria.

Clean the air ducts. Even if you’re changing out the filter regularly, there still comes a time when your air ducts will need to be cleaned and sanitized. Typically, ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years. When you’re looking for a company to come clean them, you should also ask about the products they use so you can avoid an increase in airborne chemicals.

Buy some houseplants. While these will not replace an air purification unit in effectiveness, plants are still a great way to help keep the air clean. Plus, they help warm up a room aesthetically. Plants like the Spider Plant, Rubber Tree, and Pothos have been proven to do a more effective job of clearing the air, and they’re on the easier side to keep alive.

Regularly clean your rugs, carpets, and upholstery. The soft fibers of carpet and upholstery will trap dust and other contaminants. While this filters the air, the particles will be disturbed every time you walk, run, or sit on them. Vacuum weekly and get them deep cleaned on a yearly basis to help.

Regulate the humidity. Whether you’re dealing with too much or too little humidity, it’s an important part of air quality in your home or business. In the winter, too little humidity will be dehydrating and harmful to the sinuses, which help protect us from illness. In the summer, too much humidity could cause mold or mildew to grow inside, which can trigger those with asthma or allergies.

bioHome is here to help if you’re looking for deep cleaning solutions for your air ducts, upholstery, and carpets. We use nontoxic products to avoid harsh chemicals lingering in the air, and we can also install a BreatheClean solution in your ducts for extra protection. We proudly serve the Twin Cities—call us if you’d like to discuss how we can help your indoor air quality.