Can’t Sleep Well? Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

2014 Mar 25
Posted in: Air Conditioning

For those with allergies or asthma, falling asleep can be challenging—especially during the spring.

But why do allergies and asthma symptoms act up inside? (Aside from the pollen you’re letting into your home.)

This might surprise you, but your home’s air pollutant levels may be 2 to 5 times higher than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These toxic pollutants aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms.

These pollutants come from a variety of common household products like:

In this article, we’ll show you how to keep your home’s air clean, so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep.

1) Purge indoor sources of toxic pollutants

Before you start shoveling water out of a canoe, you must first plug the holes. Similarly, before you start cleaning your air, you must get rid of the source of pollutants.

We’ve identified air fresheners as a huge source of pollution before. But there are several others.

Here is a comprehensive list of sources of indoor air pollution from the EPA.

2) Keep pollen from sneaking in

People are surprised that Arizona has plants that release pollen.

Pollen can sneak into your home through your:

  • Shoes- Leave your shoes at the door so you don’t track it in.
  • Hair- Wash your hair at night so it does not get on your pillows.
  • Pets- Pollen clings to pets’ fur. If you have pets that play outdoors, brush and wash them often.

3) Get a few “Bedroom Plants”

NASA found that several plants can purify your home’s air. One that stands out is the Snake Plant (also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue). It can absorb several toxic airborne pollutants like:

  • Formaldehyde (found in particleboard used for shelving)
  • Trichloroethylene (found in spot removers and rug-cleaning fluids)
  • Xylene (found in paints, rust preventers, and permanent magic markers)
  • Toluene (found in some personal care products, adhesives, and tobacco smoke)
  • Benzene (found in plastics, dyes and detergents)

Not only that, but the Snake Plant can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen—even at night when most plants stop producing oxygen.

That extra oxygen can help you sleep better, especially if you have sleep apnea. Many homeowners place this hard-to-kill plant next to their bed.

That’s why some call it the Bedroom Plant.

4) Install an air cleaner

Your home’s heating and cooling system is always circulating the air in your entire home.
So if airborne pollutants and pollen get into your home, they are also spread throughout your home.
Your typical fiberglass air filter do not remove these pollutants since they’re designed to only catch larger particles that can hurt the heating/cooling system.

That’s why we suggest installing an air cleaner. An air cleaner is basically a super powerful air filter that’s installed next to your heating/cooling system. It can filter out finer particles that agitate asthma and allergies.

Ask our experts for more information about air cleaners.

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