Ways to Improve your Home's Air Quality
8 Ways you can improve your home’s air quality
Winter is in full swing and people are less inclined to step outside for some fresh air. Here are some tips to keep the air in your home as clean as possible.
1. Keep your home clean
Dusting and wiping down surfaces prevent allergens and pollutants from building up in your home.
2. Vacuum twice a week
It is even more important to vacuum in the winter as you spend more time indoors and loose a lot of dry skin. Be sure to get those carpet edges and upholstered furniture. For hard floors, use a mop and water to clean after you’ve vacuumed.
3. Clean your air ducts
If you have forced air heating, this is an important step to maintaining good air quality. When you turned on the heat for the first time this year, was there a slight burning smell? If the answer is ‘yes’, it is even more important for you to get them cleaned!
4. Change the filters in your furnace
These filters should be changed every 2-3 months depending on your usage, especially if you have pets.
5. Use a HEPA filter
A HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filter will clean the air in any room you place it in. It’s a great idea for people with allergies or pets.
6. Buy a house plant
Plants naturally purify indoor air and absorb pollutants, plus they really spruce a home up!
7. Clean with natural or unscented products
A lot of people like to have that chemical ‘clean’ smell in their homes, but it can be damaging to your lungs. Try cleaning with things like vinegar and baking soda to avoid breathing in toxins. Also, stay away from spraying air deodorizers.
8. If you’re a smoker, quit or take it outside
Secondhand smoke contains nearly 4,000 chemicals including; ammonia, cyanide, butane, formaldehyde, lead and carbon monoxide. These chemicals are toxic! If you aren’t ready to quit, at least take it outside and spare your family from breathing them in. It will also prevent staining of your walls and ceilings over time.
Now, you can breathe easy!