When it comes to polluted air, many people assume that only outside air can become dangerously polluted. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. The air inside our homes and buildings can easily become polluted by lead, dust, radon, mold, allergens, and other chemicals. If your or someone in your household has asthma or is sensitive to pollutants, their health may be at risk if your indoor air quality is poor. Your HVAC system should have filters in it, that you are responsible for changing. Outside of the filters, there are other methods that help keep your air clean. Keep reading to learn a few useful tips on how to improve your the quality of your indoor air.
4 Helpful Tips to Improve Air Quality In Your Home
1. Keep the Floor Clean
It’s important to keep your floors fresh and clean. Allergens, dust, and chemicals can build up on both hard floors and carpet. Even pet dander and dust mites can become a threat. For carpet, make sure your vacuum has a strong suction and clean filter. Also, you need to vaccuum walls, upholstered furniture, and anywhere else that dust collects. If you are mopping hardwood floors or tiles, make sure you use a clean mop with the appropriate cleaner. In addition to this, we suggest using doormats to help track outside materials from entering your home.
2. Maintain the Humidity Levels
It’s important to have healthy humidity levels in your home. Unfortunately, dust mites and mold are attracted to moisture. Allergens can also form during warm and humid months. When it comes to dehumidifying your home, we suggest the following:
- Be sure to empty your A/C’s drip pans and the drip pan of your humidifier
- Make sure all of your plumbing is working right; leaky pipes can promote mold
- Make sure your dryer is vented to the outside
- When running the dishwasher, shower, or cooking, crack a window or run the exhaust fan to help circulate air
3. Never Smoke in Your Home
Cigarette smoke has thousands of chemicals that can damage the health of you and your loved ones. Smoking is especially dangerous for children, in which it affects asthma, cancer, SIDS, and other health issues. If smoking is an issue for you, we suggest you keep the smoking outside and seek support groups or other forms of assistance to help reduce your use of cigarettes.
4. Use Natural Fragrances
Many of us like to use candles and sprays to help our homes smell nice and fresh. Many synthetic fragrances and fresheners contain an array of chemicals that can damage the quality of your indoor air. Research the products you use to make sure they are safe for your home. Many laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and air fresheners can be hazardous, even if the label doesn’t admit it. We suggest letting fresh air in or using natural products to help keep your air smelling good and safe for the whole family.