Indoor air quality improvements: 7 changes you can make today
In this guide, you’ll discover a few different ways you can start to improve indoor air quality in your home today.
Your home should be your sanctuary. It shouldn’t be making you sick. Although you can’t control the change of the seasons and the allergens outside, you can control your home’s indoor air quality.
Do you feel as though your allergic to your own home? Do you run into your home to escape the pollen and dust outdoors only to find yourself sneezing and coughing while inside as well? If so, it’s time to make some indoor air quality improvements.
If you’re not sure how to improve indoor air quality, then you’ll want to continue reading below. In this guide, you’ll discover a few different ways you can start to improve indoor air quality in your home today. Here’s everything you need to know!
1. Create a No-Shoe Policy
When you’re out and about, do you ever stop to think about all the things you step on during the day? Think about it. How clean are those floors at work?
Think about the parking lots you walk through, the public bathrooms you enter, and all the yucky things that might be hiding on the bottoms of your shoes. If given the choice, would you offer them a room in your home? You most likely wouldn’t!
Thankfully, you do have a choice. It’s time to create a no-shoe policy in your home. Even if you have hard floors that can easily clean, you still shouldn’t invite germs, bacteria, and other gross things into your house.
Stop them right at the door. Have everyone, including guests remove shoes before entering.
2. Dust and Vacuum on a Regular Basis
The next step is to dust and vacuum on a regular basis. When dusting, it’s best not to use a feather duster or another type of duster that doesn’t actually collect the dust. If you’re only pushing the dust off one surface for it to land on another, then it’s still in your home and affecting the air quality.
Use your duster to dust surfaces you can’t get with the vacuum. Then, use the vacuum to dust all other surfaces and vacuum the floors to pick up any dust that might have fallen. Be sure to do this on a schedule.
Twice or once a week is good for small families. Large families or those with pets should consider dusting and vacuuming even more often.
3. Open the Windows Every so Often
If it’s fall and there’s pollen in the air, then you might want to hold off on opening your windows just yet. During the winter and other cool seasons, however, opening your windows is a great way to bring in some cool fresh air and let the stale air in your home outside. You can even consider propping a door open as well.
If your windows are located high above the ground, then you can even consider leaving them open all day long without the worry of someone entering your home. While you have the windows open, turn on a fan or two to circulate the air and help push the current air out and bring the fresh air in.
4. Change Out the Air Filters
How often do you change out your air filters? Not only does your AC unit need its filter changed, but any other filters in the home should be changed on a regular basis as well. Over time, these filters fill with dust, dirt, and other debris.
If not changed as they should be, they can cause your equipment to work harder and burn out. Dirty air filters won’t clean the air as well either because too much dirt has accumulated on them. When changing out your AC unit’s filter, you should schedule this at least once a month.
Do it more often if you have pets and a large family.
5. Clean With All-Natural Products
The last thing you think about when using cleaning products in your home is how they’re affecting the air quality. Unfortunately, chemical cleaning products aren’t always the best option. These release these chemicals into your home’s air, polluting it.
To get around this dilemma, be sure to clean with all-natural cleaning products instead. You can find these products at health food stores, or you can even lookup recipes online to make your own! Most of the recipes call for ingredients you most likely already have at home.
If not, then keep in mind many of the natural ingredients you’ll need to buy will last you months if not longer!
6. Create a Healthy Eco-System With a Humidifier
If you’ve used a humidified in the past, then it was most likely to help relieve a dry cough or other respiratory issues. Humidifiers are commonly used in nurseries to promote healthy lungs in little ones. Did you know your humidifier can help create a healthy eco-system as well?
Your humidifier can reduce airborne viruses and bacteria. There are even some that come with an aromatherapy option to diffuse essential oils in. Be sure to research which essential oils are good for cleansing the air.
Using the right essential oils can really help improve your home’s air quality.
7. Have Your Home Checked for Mold
Mold can grow inside a home without ever showing itself. It can lurk behind the walls, underneath tile grout, and above the ceilings. Although it doesn’t always show itself, mold still has a negative effect on the air quality in your home and your health.
You can look for signs of mold in your house on your own, but because mold can be so sneaky and hidden, you might want to consider hiring a company to come in a test your home for mold. They have professional tools and equipment to determine if mold is present and then come up with a treatment plan.
This is a great step to take if you believe your home is making you sick (headaches, sinus problems while inside, etc…).
8. Keep Air-Purifying Plants
If you have a green thumb, then this next tip is just for you! Did you know there are certain plants that actually purify the air? that’s right!
Keeping plants in your home not only helps with mental health, but it also helps clean the air. Are you far from a pro in the garden? There’s nothing to worry about.
There are several plants that purify the air and are easy to manage, such as the aloe plant. Do your research and find a few plants you believe would be a great addition to your home!
9. Clean the Air Ducts
One place in the home that’s often forgotten about but gets dirty is the air duct. Any air ducts in your home should be checked and cleaned as well. If needed, have a professional company come out and clean them for you.
If you go too long without cleaning them, dust and dirt can build inside them. Where do the dust and dirt go? It all ends up right in your home’s air circulation!
10. Have Your Carpets Cleaned Regularly
When’s the last time you had a professional company come out to clean your carpets? Unfortunately, carpet cleaners and shampooers bought in the store aren’t able to clean like the pros. Professional cleaners have the equipment and cleaning products needed to deep clean your carpets and remove all odors, dirt, and stains.
Speak to the company about how often you should have them come out. It’s best to create some type of schedule in order to stay on top of it. The fibers in the carpeting can hold all sorts of germs that affect the air.
It’s time to rid them from your home!
11. Avoid Chemical Fragrances
What’s the last thing you do when cleaning your home? You’ve cleaned everything and there’s only one thing left to do: light a few candles. Stop right there!
Do try to avoid chemical fragrances in your home. Candles, wax burners, and fragrance sprays are all adding chemicals to the air. There are plenty of other natural options to choose from.
You can diffuse essential oils in an oil diffuser, you can burn beeswax in a burner and add some essential oils into it. You can even make your own all-natural air freshener. The fewer chemicals you have in your home, the better.
It’s Time to Make These Indoor Air Quality Improvements
Is your home’s air lacking? Are you tired of feeling sick in your own home? It’s time to makes a few indoor air quality improvements, and it starts right here with this very guide! Use the information given above to start creating a healthier home today.
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