Indoor Air Quality Frequently Asked Questions and Tips

This is a common task that homeowners tend to overlook. Depending on the size, model, and type of unit you have installed, the replacement timeline may vary. A general rule of thumb is to replace it every three months. Changing your filter consistently can increase the efficiency of your unit and allow it to run at peak performance. If you allow smoking indoors or own pets, the turnover rate for filters should be more frequent.
Pet dander and smoke settles into your carpeting. The best way to control pet dander is to keep pets off of the furniture—and stick to hardwood floors as much as possible. Avoiding smoking indoors can eliminate over 200 poisons from filtering through every room in your home. By keeping a clean home, you can eliminate a majority of the dander and pollutants in the air.
You’d be surprised to find that outdoor air can be twice as pure as indoor air. Cracking the windows and allowing fresh air in can improve breathing and ventilate any lingering airborne contaminants. Have your ductwork cleaned every five years to avoid having trapped dust and toxins circulating throughout your home.
Vacuum a couple times a week to reduce allergens and pollutants in the air, furniture, and carpeting. If you have pets or allow smoking, daily vacuuming is highly suggested.
Yes! In 1989, NASA published a study of air filtering plants that help produce clean air. Researchers suggest that at least one houseplant for every 100 square feet is ideal. Well known purifying plants include Dracaena, Peace Lilies, and Chrysanthemums, to name just a few. They can eliminate extremely harmful pollutants found in your air such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and ammonia. Plus, having a houseplant increases the amount of oxygen that flows throughout your home.

If you have any questions or concerns about your indoor air quality, contact the experts at Sabre to find the best fresh, clean air solutions for your home.