Keeping the Air in Your Home Clean
The air quality in your home is critical to your overall health and wellness. People are often more concerned about breathing in fumes from traffic or in cities with bad air pollution but don’t consider the air circulating throughout the home. Taking time to improve indoor air quality will help you and your family stay safe and healthy.
Monitor the Humidity Level
Humidity plays an important role in your home, but too much will lead to conditions that allow mold and mildew to thrive. To improve indoor air quality, use dehumidifiers to maintain steady, comfortable levels of humidity.
Use Vents and Fans to Improve Indoor Air Quality
One of the easiest ways to improve air quality is to use the ventilation that already exists. Many homeowners will wait to turn on the bathroom fan after their shower is over or never use the kitchen ventilation when cooking.
Use the fans in your home to remove contaminants and moisture outside of your home. If you are doing any activities that create fumes or dust, like using paint stripper or sanding, do it outside or in the garage whenever possible. Always open windows when completing any of these projects indoors.
Install an Air Purifier
One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality easily and effectively is to use an air purifier. Place a unit in the rooms where you and your family spend most of your time, such as the living room, bedroom, or home office.
Keep It Clean
Dust and pollutants accumulate over time. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is a great way to improve indoor air quality and reduce dust and allergens from building up in your home.
Use a quality vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean all carpets and rugs at least two times a week. Wash your pillows, sheets, and bedding regularly. Wash curtains and drapes at least twice a year, as they will collect dust over time and are often forgotten during regular cleaning.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality by Changing Your HVAC Filters
Change your HVAC filters regularly. Over time, these filters become clogged with hair, dust, and other contaminants from the air in your home. This makes your furnace work harder, which increases your heating bills and shortens the lifespan of the unit itself.
Change your filters every 3 months or more often if you have pets or someone with allergies in your household. This will help remove pollutants from the air and keep your system running efficiently.
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