When stale air gets trapped indoors, pollutants build up. In some cases, the air inside is of lower quality than the air outdoors. With some effort and tools you can successfully improve indoor air quality in your home. Here are 5 methods that will help provide cleaner air for your family to breathe.
Keep Floors and Surfaces Clean
Dust on floors, tables, and other surfaces affects indoor air quality. Vacuum carpets and mop floors to eliminate dust, allergens, and pet hair. Clean surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth that will remove dust instead of just moving it around. Always clean from top to bottom.
Prevent Mold to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Mold is detrimental to indoor air quality because lightweight mold spores pollute the air and cause mold to spread. Remove any existing mold from your home and prevent it from growing by keeping things dry. Some effective ways to prevent mold are:
- Use dehumidifiers
- Turn on exhaust fans when showering
- Dry up spills
- Don’t overwater houseplants
- Clean bathrooms with bleach
Keep Air Circulating
A properly ventilated space has cleaner air. Circulation moves pollutants out and brings fresh air inside. Open some windows on a mild day and turn on a ceiling fan to keep air from stagnating. Keep ceiling fans running or use the fan setting on your thermostat to promote air circulation throughout your home.
Improve Indoor Air Quality With Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are designed to remove pollutants from indoor air. They contain filters that trap contaminants like pet dander, dust, mold spores, smoke, and VOCs. HEPA filter air purifiers are the most effective. These devices are a must for homes with people who suffer from asthma or allergies.
Change Air Filters
Whether you use air purifiers or simply run your AC unit, it’s important to change the filters in these appliances. Check the manual to learn how often to change them. Stock up on extra filters so you will always have a replacement filter ready to go.