Most people assume that air pollution is a problem that is limited to the outdoors. However, even in our homes, we can be exposed to contaminants. The air we breathe affects our health, so follow these tips for improving air quality in your home.
Use the Exhaust Fans
When you’re cooking or bathing, turn on the ventilation fans to help circulate the air. Showering and heating food on the stove are both activities that add moisture to the air. Ventilation fans will move the humid air out of the house. The kitchen fan will also help remove smoke and cooking odors that contribute to poor air quality.
Improving Air Quality Begins With Cleanliness
Dust, mold, pollen, and pet fur and dander are common irritants that may be circulating through your home. Keeping the house clean will go a long way in improving indoor air quality.
Create a space for shoe storage by the front door or in the garage. Encourage family members and guests to remove their shoes before entering the home. Pollen, dirt, and pesticides are just a few of the contaminants carried into your home on footwear. Removing shoes at the door will help keep your floors clean and improve air quality.
Use a microfiber dust cloth to remove dust and debris from shelves, cabinets, trim, and furniture. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, dusting will help to trap irritants and improve the air you breathe.
Pet hair, pollen, mold, and dust become trapped in the fibers of your carpets. Vacuum at least twice a week with a HEPA filter machine. The HEPA filter traps tiny allergens so they aren’t circulating in the air in your home.
Use Houseplants for Improving Air Quality
Some houseplants have been found to help improve indoor air quality. Add greenery around your home, taking care not to over-water. Some of the most popular plants for improving air quality include the peace lily, snake plant, pothos, and spider plant. These plants are easy to care for and will grow in most home environments.
Don’t Smoke Indoors
If you or a family member smokes, do so outdoors and away from the house. Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that affect the quality of the air in your home. Don’t allow smoking indoors out of concern for the health of your family and pets.
Improving Air Quality With Clean HVAC Filters
The HVAC system in your home has filters for cleaning the air. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter every 30 to 90 days. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your system. Because the HVAC system circulates air throughout your entire home, keeping the filters clean will help to improve air quality indoors.