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Indoor Air Quality: What to Know About Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Posted in Indoor Air Quality on June 17th, 2019 by Ian Stevens

Did you know that indoor air quality has nothing to do with how clean you keep your home? Did you also know that the majority of pollutants have no smell, making them undetectable? Anyone with a home can benefit from improving the air quality their family breathes. If you aren’t sure how to improve the air quality in your home, read on. Easy breathing and comfort are right around the corner!

Prevent Issues Before They Start

Mold and dust are the two most common pollutants that impact your indoor air quality. Prevention is key in keeping the air in your home free of allergens. Remember to scrub bathrooms- a major source of mold for many families- at least twice a month. This will prevent mold spores from accumulating to unsafe levels.

Dust regularly. If you don’t want to breathe the dust that’s disturbed as you’re cleaning, look for products that trap dust as you clean. Try to avoid sweeping- you may not want to inhale what gets swept into the air. Instead, try a wet sweeper that helps keep irritants contained.

Vacuuming is an  even better option to eliminate indoor pollutants without sending them into the air. You may also want to clean around your air vents as trapped dust tends to accumulate in these areas. Just remember to look for cleaning equipment that is made to reduce allergens. 

Leave the Outdoors out There

If you’re particularly sensitive to indoor air pollutants, limit the number of plants you keep indoors. While plants are known to clean the air in your home, for those of us that are more prone to allergy or asthma attacks they can trap unwanted moisture, mildew, and sometimes even mold if they’re being over watered consistently. Plants with larger leaves can collect dust too, which would need to be addressed as part of your regularly cleaning schedule. If you’re set on having plants to liven up your home, keep them on a screened porch or backyard.

If you work outdoors or do regular lawn maintenance, you may want to change or leave shoes outside of your home to avoid tracking in unwanted allergens. If you are diligent about keeping your home clean but are still experiencing respiratory issues, it’s possible that the environment around your home is causing your symptoms. Environmental testing services can confirm that the water and soil around your home are safe.

Check Your Filters

You don’t want airborne irritants being blown around your room. Those with forced air will want to check filters regularly. If you’re renting, your landlord should do this for you as needed. Air ducts can also get dirty. The EPA has guidelines for what to expect when seeking a duct cleaning service provider.  

Embrace Fresh Air

An air purifier may seem like a costly investment, but people with pets or respiratory issues benefit immensely from them. You can also greatly reduce allergy symptoms with a purifier. The irritants that you miss when cleaning are passed through a filter, using the latest technology to clean your air. 

Air purifiers do the best work in common areas, such as living rooms or places pets and children like to spend time in. 

The Bottom Line of Improving Air Quality

Indoor air quality affects you all the time, not just when indoors. Even if you don’t have symptoms now, pollutants and irritants could be lurking in the woodwork of your home. These pollutants can cause major health issues down the road.

Eliminating sources of airborne pollutants will make you healthier and happier! If you’d like to know more about improving the air quality in your home, we have the best advice a professional can give. Contact us for pricing options on a quality home inspection!