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There’s nothing prettier than Savannah, Georgia, in springtime. However, for allergy sufferers, the pollen from blooming flowers and trees can cause misery. Add to that dust and other pollutants circulating through your home, and your family could end up being sick more often. A few simple household chores can improve your home’s air quality and keep your family healthy.

Clean Regularly

Household cleaning is no fun, but it is vital if you want to breathe cleaner air. Regular vacuuming and dusting will reduce pollen, dust, and the accompanying dust mites that wreak havoc on allergy sufferers. If you have pets or live in an area with a high pollen count, choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters are effective at trapping tiny particles like cigarette smoke, pollen, and pet dander.

Add Houseplants

An easy way to improve your home’s air quality is to add some greenery. Certain plants, like aloe vera, bamboo palm, and Boston ferns, are excellent at purifying the air. They remove harmful chemicals like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. All they require is a little watering.

Switch to Green Cleaning Products

Standard cleaning products contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The more you clean using these types of products, the more these toxic chemicals spread through your home. To reduce harmful chemicals, make the switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products. You can even make your own cleaning solutions using everyday items from your pantry like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice.

Don’t Skip HVAC Maintenance

Most residents in Savannah and surrounding areas can’t do without an air conditioner in summer. However, a badly maintained AC can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Dirt and dust accumulate in the ductwork and build up on air filters. To keep the air circulating through your home clean, change the air filter regularly and have your HVAC contractor clean the ducts if they’re dirty.

To further improve your Savannah home’s air quality, consider adding a Trane air filter, ventilator, or humidifier to your HVAC system. Call Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning at 912-250-5771 to schedule annual maintenance that will keep your HVAC system clean and functioning optimally.

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