The air quality in your home affects your health and well-being. If your family members have allergies or asthma, the quality of the air they breathe is even more important. Although we often think of air pollution as a problem in big cities, well-sealed newer homes allow pollutants to accumulate indoors. Here are some tips to improve indoor air quality in your home.
Improve Indoor Air Quality with Regular Cleaning
The best thing you can do to improve air quality in the house is regular cleaning. Dust, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, and other irritants will settle in your home. Vacuum carpets at least weekly, using a machine with a HEPA filter. Dust and mop often and clean bedding, upholstery, drapes, and other fabrics regularly.
If you or a family member suffers from allergies, it’s helpful to use an air purifier in the home. Purifying devices have filters that trap contaminants and keep them from circulating through the air. Change or clean the filters regularly. When shopping for an air purifier, make sure to purchase one that is designed to clean the size room where it will be used.
Change Your HVAC Filter to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Your home’s heating and cooling system is equipped with an air filter that traps pollutants. Most manufacturers recommend these filters be changed every 30 to 90 days. Replacing the filters will provide cleaner air for you and your family while also extending the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Carpeting traps dirt, dust, mold, and pet dander. If air quality is a major concern, replace your carpeting with hardwood or linoleum floors. Hard surfaces are much easier to clean and disinfect and don’t trap irritants.