We already shared how house plants can keep your indoor air quality up to snuff. And we recently went on a clean-air mission, first snagging a few English Ivy plants of our own (to add to our Boston Fern and Burro Tail riddled home). Needless to say it felt pretty good introducing an army of air purifiers, and we didn’t stop there.

We also replaced the air filters for our heating and cooling system. This is something you should try to do every three months. We used to be lucky if we remembered to change them once in the winter and once in the summer, but thanks to our new programmable thermostat, we got a reminder this time (it actually allows us to record the date that we change our filters so it can gently prod us to do it again three months later). Smart little machine we got there.


We also seized the day and picked up a second carbon monoxide detector/fire alarm (it’s great that they make them multitask these days) to install near our gas fireplace in the den- one of the major carbon monoxide danger zones in any house (other scary sources: gas stoves, wood burning stoves, and gas heaters).


Carbon monoxide is no laughing matter (in fact we recently heard a bone chilling tale about a mother and her son slipping off to sleep and narrowly cheating death when the mother awoke disoriented and scared but had enough sense to run out of the house with her baby). Yup, another carbon monoxide detector (now we have one in the bedroom and one on the other end of the house in the den) is definitely worth a little peace of mind. And we’re even more confident that the air we breathe is so fresh and so clean.

What about you guys? Do you have other means to keep the air clean? Or other ways to remember when it’s time to replace those filters? Dish the air cleaning dirt. And for more general cleaning tips check out these streamlined strategies from Real Simple (who knew 4pm was the best time to clean?).

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