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Do you ever find yourself feeling blah while you’re home? Symptoms akin to allergies or cold will kick up, such as dizziness, headaches, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. This could be a result of poor indoor air quality. The good news is you can do something about it. Like most homes in Tampa Bay, you probably have a central air system and it’s always a good idea to schedule a duct cleaning appointment. However, here are four DIY tricks to help make the indoor air quality in your home cleaner and healthier.

Add House Plants

House plants are great for purifying indoor air. They remove chemical particulates such as ammonia, xylene, benzene, and formaldehyde which are emitted from upholstered furniture, chemical cleaners, and carpets. Plants to look for are the garden mum, Boston fern, peace lily, spider plant, ficus, bamboo palm, and snake plant.

Keep Relative Humidity Low

Dust and mold thrive in high humidity, triggering allergic responses. Purchase a hygrometer to monitor your home’s humidity, which should stay between 35 and 50 percent. Your AC will reduce high humidity, though a dehumidifier will help with problematic spaces. Look for and repair leaking pipes contributing moisture to the problem as well.

Always Cook With Ventilation Fan

Propane stoves and ovens emit nitrogen dioxide while cooking. When this gas makes direct contact with sunlight it produces ozone. Ozone is an irritant, known to cause wheezing regardless of allergies or asthma. The easiest solution is to turn on your range’s ventilation fan every time you cook.

There are other basic routines you should always practice, such as weekly vacuuming of all surfaces and dusting with a damp cloth. If you’re interested in setting up an A/C maintenance plan to further your clean air efforts, call Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. Inc. today at (866)881-5935.

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