Taking steps toward cleaner air in your home will reduce allergens, contaminants, and cold and flu germs in your living spaces. Your family will breathe healthier air by following these tips on improving indoor air quality.
Removing Chemicals From Your Home
One of the easiest things you can do to improve air quality is to reduce some of the harmful chemicals that may be in your home. Avoid harsh cleaners that have strong fragrances. Consider switching to all natural cleaners. Prepare for painting or gluing projects by having good ventilation in your workspace. Avoid leaving your vehicle running in your garage. Car exhaust is pollution that can come into your home and affect air quality.
Improving Indoor Air Quality by Keeping Your Home Clean
Keeping your home clean is important to maintain healthy air quality. Here are some basics tips on home maintenance that will contribute to cleaner air:
• Wash pillows, comforters, and sheets at least once a week to rid your home of dust mites and allergens.
• Make a rule that all shoes must be removed before entering the home or just inside the door. This will help to keep dirt and debris from being tracked through your home.
• Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. It is best to find one with disposable bags to reduce your exposure to any dust.
• Add doormats at the entrances of your home to help collect dust and debris.
• Check your HVAC manual to find out how often to change or clean your filter and set a reminder to do so per the instructions.
Control the Moisture In Your Home
Keep the humidity level in your house below 60 percent to prevent mold growing. If necessary, use a dehumidifier. Empty and clean the dehumidifier frequently. Encourage your family members to run the exhaust fan when taking a shower or cooking. If you have house plants, be sure to water them appropriately. Overwatering plants can cause mold growth which will negatively impact your air quality.
Take these steps to improve the quality of the air you breathe. Maintaining good air quality will help reduce allergens, pollutants, and airborne germs from affecting your home and your family’s health.