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Homeowners in Ridgeland, MS, and around the country are often surprised to learn that the air inside the average American home is more polluted than outdoor air. Contaminants enter homes in a variety of ways. Some are emitted from synthetic materials like paint, carpeting and upholstery. Biological pollutants like bacteria, pollen and animal dander often hitch a ride on clothing or float inside through open windows and doors. Household products like cleansers, solvents and pesticides emit pollutants every time that they’re used. Plants offer a simple way to help clean indoor air.

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that people now spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, and that means longer periods of exposure to indoor pollution. Long-term exposure negatively affects the health of all populations but is particularly dangerous for those with chronic respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). House plants that clean air help reduce indoor air pollution and alleviate symptoms like itchy skin, blocked nasal passages and dry eyes.

The Science of Air-Cleaning Plants

During the photosynthesis process, plants generate oxygen during the day, producing far more than they need to survive. In fact, plants are responsible for all of the oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere. The leaves of plants also absorb a number of airborne toxins and convert them into sugars and organic acids. Most importantly, house plants that clean air work in conjunction with microorganisms in the soil. Plants absorb moisture from the soil and emit it through their leaves. This creates a kind of pumping action that pulls pollutants in the air towards the roots where microorganisms transform them into plant food. Some examples of air-cleaning house plants include English Ivy, Snake Plants and Boston Ferns.

Whole-Home Air Filtration Solutions

Although plants are helpful in cleaning the air, most homes can’t accommodate the number of plants needed to completely rid the environment of contaminants. The most efficient way to reduce indoor air pollution is through whole-house air purifiers. Products like Carrier air cleaners are designed to work in sync with your existing central cooling and heating equipment. A box-like unit containing a complex filtration system is fixed into your forced-air system’s ductwork where it can trap contaminants before conditioned air is delivered to your home’s living spaces. Some models are equipped with electrostatic precipitators that zap the pollutants with a high-voltage current and hold them on a collector plate like a magnet.

Serving the Ridgeland, MS, communities since 1954, Dent Air Conditioning is the company to call when you need indoor air quality solutions. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we’ve met Carrier’s high standards for technical expertise and customer satisfaction, so you can rest assured that our technicians have the skills to install, repair and service the company’s high-efficiency products. We’re also pleased to offer ongoing specials that make it easy and affordable to ensure that the air that you and your family breathes is clean and healthy.

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