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Indoor Air Quality Tips for Pet Owners

Pets bring a lot of love to the those who own them, but pet hair can also have a negative impact on your home’s air quality. Fortunately, indoor air quality (IAQ) at home can easily be controlled by keeping a few important things in mind.  Below, we will dive into some of our top IAQ tips for pet owners.

Better IAQ at Home

These indoor air quality tips for pet owners will help keep your air quality up to snuff, so you can share a healthier, happier home with your furry companions.

Indoor Air Quality Tips for Pet Owners

Craving Cleaner Air?

If you’ve followed all the tips above and still feel like your home’s indoor air quality could use improvement, then you might want to consider an Infinity Air Filter. The Carrier Infinity Air Purifier helps eliminate many pollutants such as dander, dust, mold, and other airborne allergens. For more information on the Carrier Infinity air filter, call us today: (702) 550-1435.

Las Vegas Indoor Air Quality Report: What Homeowners Need to Know

The average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors, whether at work, school or home. That means that the quality of the indoor air matters. Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is an important aspect of the home that many homeowners overlook. Understanding how IAQ affects the health of you and your family can help to reduce illnesses due to polluted indoor air. With poor indoor air quality in the home, you and your family may be vulnerable to health issues that could appear quite soon after initial exposure, or sometimes even months or years later depending on the type of airborne contaminants in your home.

Every geographic area is different when it comes to the types of pollutants that can make their way into your home. It’s important for those living in Las Vegas to understand the specific IAQ issues they may face so that they can work to improve the quality of their indoor air. Below, we’ll dive a little deeper into what Las Vegas homeowners need to know about indoor air quality.

Las Vegas Indoor Air Quality: What You Need to Know

In Las Vegas, smog is reported at dangerous levels, resulting in a poor IAQ rating from the American Lung Association. The air outdoors can sneak in and accumulate indoor, which causes your home’s indoor air quality to suffer. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to asthma, heart conditions, and other health risks that could cause serious illness or potentially death, especially for more vulnerable household members such as the elderly or small children.

The aim should be to achieve excellent indoor air quality, as it the healthiest option for you and your family. Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your home’s IAQ:

  • Change your HVAC system’s air filter. Since filters vary, you’ll want to change it as frequently as the manufacturer suggests. We recommend checking your filter about once every month and replacing the filter once it appears unclean. If you live with pets, consider getting a HEPA filter.
  • Look for any mold or mildew in your home. This is especially important to look for in the basement, garage, and other areas where the environment may be damp. Remove any standing water in your home, and if you suspect mold or mildew, call in a professional so they can combat this contaminant at its source.  
  • Have your home tested for radon. Radon is an unsafe radioactive gas which can cause severe health effects. The air outside of your home usually has very low levels of radon, but this substance can build up indoors in hazardous concentrations.
  • Get your ducts sealed. Getting your air ducts sealed helps reduce the buildup of pollutants in your home, and it can also prevent your HVAC system from leaking cool or warm air. This will not only improve your indoor air quality, but it will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
  • Consider getting an air purifier. Your indoor air quality can be greatly improved with a Carrier Infinity air filter, which is also known as a whole house air purifier. Give us a call today for more information on how this device can reduce pollutants in your home’s air: 702-550-1435

Cal Air cares about you and your loved ones’ health. That’s why we aim to help you achieve better indoor air quality in your home. Don’t forget the role your HVAC system plays in your indoor air! Have your HVAC system checked out regularly. We recommend an HVAC tune-up twice per year to make sure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently. Check out our Preventative Maintenance for residents and business owners, and learn how we can help improve the quality of your Las Vegas indoor air.

 

Healthy Home Living: Tips for Creating a Healthier Home Environment for Your Family

Did you know that the air inside of our homes is often just as polluted as the air outside? Though we like to think of our homes as safe and healthy spaces for our families, the truth is that we need to make small changes in order to keep our homes healthy in the long-run. Use the simple tips below to create a healthier home environment.

Healthy Home Living Tips

Maintaining a healthy home doesn’t have to be hard. Here are five of our top tips for creating a healthier home environment for you and your family:

  1. Ventilate your space.

Adequate ventilation is important in your home environment both for your family’s comfort and health. Proper ventilation works to continuously rid the air of common indoor pollutants, such as built up gases, cooking odors, and smoke. Proper ventilation will also prevent excess moisture in the air from settling into your home’s insulation.

An easy way to improve ventilation in your home is to open the windows slightly when cooking, cleaning, and bathing. At least once a week, turn off your HVAC system and open all the windows and allow your space to “breathe” for about an hour, even during the cooler months. Another easy solution is to allow as many interior doors as possible to remain open. This will help your indoor air circulate effortlessly throughout your home and prevent “stale air” buildup within certain rooms.

  1. Dust regularly.

Excess dust and debris can result in poor indoor air quality, so it’s a good idea to dust and vacuum your home regularly to prevent dust buildup. Be sure when vacuuming to clean out your air vents and registers, as dust and debris often lingers in these hard to see areas.

When dusting and vacuuming some amount of residual dust will get kicked up and eventually will settle back down onto surfaces throughout your home. By switching on your thermostat’s “FAN ON” function, you’ll be able to filter out a significant amount of this residual dust. Only run this setting for about 15 minutes, and then switch back to your “AUTO” setting.

  1. Change your HVAC air filter.

We cannot recommend enough that you frequently change your HVAC system’s air filter. This is a task that needs to be done more often than annually. Ideally, you should check your air filter once per month, and get to know what a clean filter looks like versus a dirty filter. Once your system’s air filter becomes dirty, it’s time to replace it. Depending on whether or not you have pets, whether you engage in projects that kick up a lot of dust, or how often you run your heating or cooling units, you may need to change your filter more often than the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Avoid toxic chemicals when cleaning and repelling pests.

You can easily improve your home environment by switching your cleaning products to eco-friendlier versions. Many of these “green solutions” are also easy to DIY: use diluted vinegar for cleaning mirrors and glass, diluted lemon juice for bathrooms and kitchen countertops, and baking soda + seltzer for stubborn areas such as sinks or removing stains from upholstery.

When purchasing pest repellants, seek out non-toxic options whenever possible. Look for traps and other methods that are non-toxic, so you can keep your home pest free while ensuring your home is healthy for you and your loved ones.

  1. Add houseplants.

Houseplants not only add a touch of nature to your home environment, but they are also excellent to have around for indoor air quality. As plants take in the CO2 from the air, they release oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. This natural boost of oxygen makes the air easier for you to breathe, creating a healthier environment for both mind and body.

Some plants that are simple to care for are Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, English Ivy, Rubber Plants, and Spider Plants. Place them around your home depending on their individual light requirements. Every room can benefit from having a houseplant or two. Just don’t forget to water!

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Are Plants Good for Indoor Air Quality? (and Other Commonly Asked IAQ Questions)

If you’re like most people, you spend about 90% of your time indoors; therefore, the quality of the indoor air you breathe is pretty important. Pollutants can enter into your home’s air and cause headaches, dizziness, nausea as well as ear, nose and throat irritations. Below, we offer advice on some of the most commonly asked questions about IAQ and how you can improve the quality of air within your home or office space.

Commonly Asked IAQ Questions

Here are answers to some of the top questions about indoor air quality:

Q: I’ve heard that certain houseplants can be beneficial for indoor air? Is it true that plants are really that helpful for indoor air quality?

A: Yep, it’s true! Not only will adding a few houseplants to your home increase the aesthetic appeal of a room, but by doing so, you will also improve your home’s air quality.

The way it works is simple: Plants absorb particulates from the air through their leaves and roots while they are taking in carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, the carbon dioxide and other gases are converted into oxygen, which gets released back into your home’s indoor air. Basically, plants act as living air filters by taking in the air’s pollutants and releasing them as clean oxygen.

In addition, beneficial micro-organisms are present in your plant’s potting soil, and these little guys are also valuable to the air you breathe. The microbiomes that exist within your plant’s soil help to stabilize your home’s air by increasing biodiversity, which helps prohibit the outbreak of pathogens within the air.

Q: Which houseplants should I choose to improve the air quality in my home or office space?

A: For best air cleaning abilities, choose leafy green houseplants, such as:

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, or the “Snake Plant” is a perfect starter plant as they are super hardy, thrive in a variety of environments, and—according to NASA—remove several air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. If you’re forgetful, this plant is a great choice, as it thrives on relatively infrequent watering.

Spider Plants are especially great for plant novices since they require little care, and can survive a missed watering or two. They are not only easy to grow, they also remove both formaldehyde and xylene from your home’s air.

Another helpful houseplant is the Peace Lily. These beautiful plants will flower for most of the year if kept in low light with moist, but not overwatered, soil. They are not only easy on the eyes, but also easy on the air as they remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Q: What other ways can I improve my home’s indoor air quality?

A: Here are just a few ways:

  • Change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly. Check your filter at least monthly and replace with a clean air filter when it becomes dirty. A clean air filter is essential in keeping pollutants from circulating around in your home’s air.
  • Vacuum registers, vents, and any other hidden dusty spots, such as behind large appliances. Keeping your home free of standing dust and debris is an easy way to keep your home’s air cleaner and healthier.
  • Consider a Whole House Air Filter—this type of filter provides more protection than a standard HVAC air filter. We are proud to offer the Carrier Infinity Air Purifier, which is designed to eliminate airborne irritants such as dust, mold, and allergens. If you’re curious as to how this state-of-the-art air filter can help you achieve excellent indoor air quality, then give us a call: (702) 550-1435