Since most of our time is spent indoors, it’s important to make the conditions inside of our homes as healthy as possible. Here are some tips to improve air quality at home.

Indoor air pollution can be even worse than outdoors. Some of the factors that harm indoor air quality include:

• Inadequate ventilation
• Home cleaning products
• Chemicals stored in the home
• Smoke
• Dust from surfaces
• Dander from pets
• Accumulated dust on carpet and rugs
• New building materials
• Asbestos from old building materials

Determine the source of air contaminants inside your home and take the necessary measures to address them.

6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Cleaning Thoroughly

You should dust, vacuum, and clean your home regularly. Thoroughly cleaning your home reduces contaminants that pollute indoor air.

Clean your carpets and rugs. Cleaning your carpets reduces the dust that circulates in the air. Use environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning products to eliminate chemical contaminants.

Check Your AC Filters

Air conditioners have filters for trapping dust and other particles. Clogged filters affect the efficiency of your AC and may cause mechanical issues. Change the HVAC filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions, which is typically every three months.

Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality

Plants act as natural air filters. Buy some indoor plants to clean the air and improve your indoor air quality. The plants help to keep the air fresh and add life to your home.

Install an Air Conditioner

If you don’t already have one, an AC unit will go a long way to improve your indoor air quality. The HVAC system will draw air from outdoors, filter the air, and cool it or heat it before distributing it within your home.

Air conditioning also reduces humidity, which helps keep mold at bay. Be sure to schedule routine maintenance services on your air conditioner to preserve its condition and your indoor air quality.

Dehumidify to Improve Air Quality

Moist conditions in your home will promote the growth of mold and mildew. Mold spores can cause serious respiratory issues and allergic reactions. Keep the humidity levels in your home under 50%. Monitor the humidity levels with a hygrometer and use a dehumidifier to lower them in problem areas.

Improve Ventilation

One of the best ways to improve air quality is by promoting ventilation. Increase the amount of fresh air coming into your home by opening the windows and doors each day when the weather is mild. Always use your exhaust fans when cooking and bathing to help draw out moisture.

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