Easy Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
We know that air pollution can be bad for our health, but we normally think of pollution as coming from car exhaust or industrial waste.
What about the air inside? Stale indoor heating and air conditioning systems can increase the number of dust mites, pet dander and mold spores circulating in your home, which in turn can cause allergies, asthmatic reactions, or worse. Luckily, there are some simple fixes that you can make to improve your indoor air quality.
Get Some Plants
If you’ve been dreaming of becoming a plant parent, here’s your sign! Houseplants can help remove toxins from the air in your home while also providing additional oxygen. Plus, they add a little color to the room and require little maintenance besides watering. Some of the best plants for improving indoor air quality in your home are:
- Bamboo Palm
- English Ivy
- Gerbera Daisy
- Spider Plant
The easiest and quickest way to improve your air quality inside is to simply open a window. This helps to ensure there is a healthy circulation of air, even if you only leave it open for an hour. If you can’t open your window for any reason, the next best option is to turn on a fan and let the air circulate that way. You can also purchase an air purifier, which is especially helpful if you have young children or allergies. These small electrical devices plug into a wall socket and clean the air around them, taking in dirty air and churning out cleaned air.
Keep Things Clean
Pollen, dust mites and other allergens floating around are the main cause of poor indoor air quality. Keep these at bay by cleaning regularly and preventing mess. Shoes pick up a lot of dirt and chemicals from outside and then bring them into your home. Make it a rule in your home to never bring in shoes past the front door or mudroom.
Even if you prevent dirt from coming in from outside, you’ll still want to regularly clean the inside of your home. Wash your sheets regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and other pollutants that get trapped in your bed. If you have carpeting or rugs, vacuum at least once a month to keep dust mites at bay. They also like to linger in cloth furniture, so try to vacuum your couches and wash your cushions and curtains regularly to keep the area clean and allergen-free.
Check Your Products
A clean home is less likely to contain dust and other particles that can lower air quality and irritate allergies. But cleaning with the right products is key. Whenever possible, try to use natural and eco-friendly cleaning supplies with natural ingredients like lemon, baking soda, and vinegar. These don’t leave any residue behind, which can contribute to lower air quality.
Also, take into consideration the products that you are spraying into the air. Aerosol sprays can release harmful chemicals into the air. This includes hair sprays, air fresheners, deodorants and more. Make the switch to non-aerosol versions of these products or at the very least, spray these products outside or by an open window to allow for ventilation of the chemicals.
Keep your home’s air quality healthy by staying on top of regular maintenance and required repairs. Leaky plumbing can lead to mold and mildew, which can release toxins into the air and lead to breathing problems. A professional from Mason Mechanical and Plumbing can check your pipes and fix any plumbing leaks, plus ensure that your air filters are clean and aren’t harboring any extra dust or allergens. Call Mason Mechanical today to learn how we can help you get the best indoor air quality in your home.