5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Breathing clean air is essential to healthy living. You may think smog and pollution outside is the only air quality you have to worry about, but little things like cleaning chemicals, fragrances and household dust can make your indoor air quality plummet. But breathe easy – here we have 5 ways to improve indoor air quality.
1. Keep your floors clean.
All the pollutants in your home will settle, and thanks to gravity, that will likely be on your floors. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce allergens, pollutants, pet dander and dust mites. Then wet the floor down and mop. Vacuuming doesn’t pick up everything, so mopping with just water and a microfiber cloth can pick up the rest. Then use floor mats at every home or office entrance to help reduce what comes in from the outside.
2. Control the humidity.
Dust mites and mold thrive in moist environments, so use a dehumidifier and your air conditioner in the summer to keep humidity between 30-50%. When cooking or showering, try to crack a window or use an exhaust fan to keep moisture low. If your home is under 30%, that is likely too dry and you may need a humidifier to boost moisture.
3. Use natural fragrances.
Everything from cleaning products to air fresheners can emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Try to use fragrance-free, organic or natural products whenever possible. Use sliced lemons, baking soda and house “green” plants to freshen the air, then remember to open windows every now and then to help air circulate. Your air conditioner is also helpful at circulating air.
4. Groom your pets.
Pet dander is a leading household allergy and can make it harder for anyone to breathe in clean air, even without an animal allergy. And pet owners have been found to carry the dander with them on their clothing, bringing the dander to other places, too. Groom your pets regularly and do it outside. If you have pets, you should also consider vacuuming and mopping more frequently to keep the pet dander at a manageable level.
5. Change your air filter.
While your air conditioner is a great source to help improve your air quality, a dirty air filter is not doing its job. It’s also a top reason why air conditioners run inefficiently. Make sure you change the filter based on the manufacturer suggestions – usually every one or three months.
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