Did you know that indoor air can have more pollutants than the air outside? Well, that’s the scary truth, but you can make your home safe for your family.
Breathe easy with the following ways to improve indoor air quality:
1. Keep your floors and walls clean and fresh.
- Suck up accumulated chemicals and allergens- use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter, strong suction, and rotating brushes to reduce the concentrations of chemicals such as lead and allergens such as pollen and dust mites.
- Mop up any lingering dust or allergens- use a microfiber mop and plain water to pick up dust and allergens left after vacuuming.
- Keep pollutants out of the house- put a door mat at every door to trap pollutants on shoes. You can also request residents and visitors to remove their shoes when entering the house.
2. Keep the humidity at 30%-50%.
Keeping a healthy level of moisture and warmth helps to control dust mites and mold. Use a dehumidifier and an air conditioner to control the humidity and temperature levels in the home. Also:
- Use an exhaust fan or open a window when cooking, bathing or using the dishwasher.
- Vent your clothes’ dryer to the outside.
- Fix any plumbing leaks.
- Avoid overwatering houseplants.
3. Have your air ducts cleaned.
Air ducts can get clogged with dirt, debris, mold, and other allergens. Work with a reputable air duct cleaning service provider to thoroughly clean your HVAC’s air ducts.
4. Ban smoking at home.
Make your house a no-smoking zone and lock out the more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes out of the home.
5. Test for radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless but lethal gas that moves up through the ground into homes via cracks and holes in the home’s foundation. This radioactive gas is currently “the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.” Hire a radon testing professional for an easy, quick, and inexpensive test.
6. Smell good naturally.
Most conventional laundry products, fabric softeners, and air fresheners contain synthetic fragrances. These fragrances emit chemicals into the air.
You can protect and improve indoor air quality by eliminating sources of pollution. You should also improve your ventilation, and clean the air at home.