Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Keep a Clean House
Pollutants from the air settle on floors, countertops, and the furniture in your home. Dust and dirt will build up and eventually make it more difficult to breathe. Routinely vacuum carpets, rugs, and furniture where dust, dirt, and pet dander are common. Mop floors because small particles can linger even after vacuuming. Launder bedding and drapes often. As simple as it may seem, keeping your house clean is one of the best ways to reduce allergens in your home.
Change Air Filters to Improve Indoor Air Quality
As air moves through your HVAC system, it travels through the system’s filter. This filter’s job is to block dirt and dust particles from circulating in the air. When your filter becomes clogged, it is unable to trap contaminants and will need to be replaced. Many systems require air filters to be changed every 30 days to maintain indoor air quality.
Don’t Use Synthetic Cleaning Products
Often we are unaware of the effects of chemicals we use to clean our homes. Many commercial cleaning products contain synthetic fragrances that release chemicals into the air. Synthetic fragrances are often added to laundry detergent, scented candles, countertop sprays, and air fresheners. Although they are meant to make our homes smell fresh and clean, they can cause allergy-like symptoms. Replace synthetic products with natural cleaning solutions.
The next time you shop for cleaning products, look for all-natural options. You can also create your own cleaning products with simple and safe ingredients you probably have on hand, like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon oil.
Use an Air Purifier and Dehumidifier
If you haven’t already, install an air purifier and a dehumidifier. An air purifier works to trap harmful pollutants like airborne bacteria, dust particles, and other irritants. A dehumidifier lowers the level of moisture in the air. Dust mites and mold thrive on moisture, so running a dehumidifier will help prevent these allergens from becoming a problem.
Open Windows for Fresh Air
Regardless of the weather, opening your windows and letting fresh air into your home is an excellent way to improve indoor air quality. Use fans for circulation so the air does not stagnate.