Gilbert, Arizona (PRWEB) July 31, 2013
It turns out that triple digit temperatures aren’t the only downfall of summer in the Phoenix metro area. That same heat that makes residents sweat and loathe getting into their cars after a long day at work is the culprit contributing to poor air quality. It’s no surprise that air quality in the Gilbert area isn’t the best, but residents may notice even more respiratory issues come summertime. Ozone relies on heat and radiation to form, and a hot summer day provides the perfect conditions for a pollution nightmare.
With indoor air quality being upwards of five times worse than outdoor air quality, residents are left with little respite from the dirty air. Other than getting the collective Phoenix area to start carpooling and reducing their carbon footprint, there is little concerned residents can do about outdoor air quality. There are some steps to help improve indoor air quality, and if respiratory problems are an issue, they are worth a try.
Keep it clean. Vacuum often to try to keep dust, pollen, hair, and other pollutant levels down. Change AC air filters at least once a month, and opt for higher quality options over the cheaper versions. With the frequent use of air conditioning, Gilbert residents may even need to change their filters more often.
Kick chemicals to the curb. Harsh cleaning supplies, or even the more mellow “green” cleaners, are filled with various ingredients that can irritate airways and contribute to poor air quality. This applies to air fresheners as well. The pleasant smell is a façade; there are actually chemicals being sprayed in to the air. Avoid them and opt for truly natural options like vinegar for cleaning, and citrus for a fresh scent. Opt for low VOC paints, or avoid painting all together until the cooler months when windows can be opened.
Go green. Add houseplants to each room. Believe it or not houseplants actually purify the air and they don’t even require electricity or a filter change! Ferns, Peace Lilies, and Bamboo Palms are all great options and are relatively easy to care for. Homeowners should strive for one small plant for every 100 square feet for optimal results.
Keeping indoor air quality as clean as possible can go a long way towards helping residents breathe easier. Avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day. Ozone levels remain high even after the sun goes down, so it’s best to exercise or do other vigorous activity indoors during the summer months.
For more information about indoor air quality, Gilbert Arizona residents are encouraged to contact Efficiency Mechanical at http://effmech.com/.
About Efficiency Mechanical
Efficiency Mechanical, Inc is a family-owned and operated, licensed HVAC contractor since 1986. Efficiency Mechanical is dedicated to providing the best possible service for families in Gilbert and the surrounding areas.