Indoor air quality has a direct effect on your health. People are spending more time at home these days, so it is more important than ever to improve the air quality in your house. Here are 4 simple ways you can make your home’s air healthier to breathe.
Change HVAC Filters on Time to Improve Air Quality in Your House
Your HVAC system circulates air throughout your home, so your indoor air quality is related to the state of the filter. Depending on the system, the filter should be changed every month to every 6 months. The directions will be stated on the device itself or in the manual. Stock up on HVAC filters so that you always have one ready when it is time to change it.
Use Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers
Both air purifiers and dehumidifiers help indoor air quality. Dehumidifiers are used to keep the humidity levels inside the house at the ideal level of 30-50%. High humidity promotes mold growth which is one of the worst contaminants of indoor air. Put dehumidifiers in areas with moisture, like the basement and bathroom. Air purifiers filter out allergens, toxins, and other irritants. It’s a good idea to have an air purifier in each bedroom and in the living room.
Improve Air Quality in Your House by Keeping Floors Clean
Dirt and dust on the floor get kicked up into the air and harm air quality. Prevent contaminants from being tracked inside by placing mats outside and inside of all exterior doors. Herbicides and pollen often are brought inside on the soles of shoes. Get into a rigorous schedule of cleaning the floors twice per week. Sweep, vacuum, and mop depending on what kind of floor materials you have.
Use Low-VOC Products
VOCs are chemicals that cause unpleasant health symptoms like headaches and respiratory problems. They can exist in cleaning supplies, paints, and furniture materials. When purchasing these supplies, choose low or no-VOC paints and all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning solutions. With furniture, this isn’t always an option, but it’s a good idea to let new furniture air out on a deck or porch before bringing it indoors.
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