How Can I Improve the Air Quality in My Home?
You can improve your home’s air quality by checking your air vents, air ducts, carpets, and other spaces that may be releasing contaminants into your air. Fortunately, all it takes to check your space, identify issues, and begin to improve your air is a closer look around your home (and maybe a few new accessories).
Dirt is in the Air
It’s no secret that air pollution exists outside your home, but have you considered the air inside your home may be just as bad? The good news is that there are some preventative measures you can take to improve your home’s air quality.
Keep it Fresh
There’s nothing better than stepping outside for a fresh breath of air –– here’s how to bring that feeling indoors:
Check Your Air Filters
Your home’s air filters are what keep your HVAC system running smoothly. If they collect too much dust or dirt, they’ll prevent efficient airflow and reduce the air quality in your home. So it’s important to check their condition, and clean or replace your air filters periodically.
Check Your Air Ducts
The air ducts in your home distribute hot and cold air through your home. If they’re installed or maintained improperly, they can spread contaminants between rooms. Similar to air filters, your ducts can collect dust and dirt particles and reduce your air quality –– so keep an eye on your ducts to make sure they’re helping, not hurting.
Check Your Carpets
Your carpets and rugs may look clean, but passing a lint roller across the surface can prove otherwise. These decorative fabrics act as air filters: they trap all types of contaminants, ranging from dust to pet dander, so it’s important to clean your carpets to improve your home’s air quality.
Consider Cooking Vents
Appliances like your stove can produce harmful contaminants like carbon monoxide that can spread throughout the air. Turn on your kitchen vents and fans when you’re cooking, or open a window to help filter the air. You’ll also want to wash the filters above your cooking surface to keep them clean and clear (grease can build up quicker than you might realize).
Control the Humidity
Does the humidity have you breaking a sweat as soon as you step outside? If so, it may also be impacting your air inside. A few dehumidifiers around your home can help reduce excess moisture (or potential mold residue) lingering in the air. Keeping a dehumidifier in more than one room will have a much better effect.
Got a Green Thumb?
If you’ve got a knack for gardening, consider indoor plants to spruce up your décor and improve the air quality of your home! Plants like ferns or smaller palm trees are nature’s own air filters, pulling contaminants out of the air to keep you and your family breathing clean air.
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