The air quality inside your home can harm your health. If you or someone in your household is sensitive to allergens or has respiratory issues, the quality of the air you breathe while at home can complicate these conditions.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent sickness caused by poor air quality. Here is a look at six simple ways you can improve the air quality in your home.
1. Allow Fresh Air Into Your Home
Probably the easiest thing to do to improve indoor air quality is to open the windows. If you do this daily, you will remove stale air with fresh air from outdoors. This form of ventilation circulates air pushing allergens and other airborne particles away from settling down on interior surfaces. You can also encourage the movement of air with fans placed strategically around your home.
When you open windows, ideally you want to create a cross breeze where the air comes in from one direction and blows out of your home through windows at the other end of your home.
2. Always Clean Air Filters
Kitchen and bathroom fans sometimes contain removable air filters. This permits you to give them a thorough cleaning when needed. If you do not clean these filters, they get clogged and lose their effectiveness.
The idea of an air filter is to trap particles that can irritate the respiratory system. For allergy sufferers, this is an important way to flush the home of these particles.
Air vents and ducting can also trap dust particles and cleaning them regularly will help them to work properly and keep the air inside your home clean and fresh.
3. Vacuum When Possible
It is natural for dust, dander, and other particles to accumulate on all surfaces. If you have sensitivities to dust and dander, then this can become a real problem. By vacuuming with a machine equipped with a HEPA filter, you will be able to capture and trap even the smallest of particles.
Vacuuming regularly along with cleaning the vacuum filter often will help to improve the air quality in your home. Be sure to vacuum those places where dust builds up, paying particular attention to those places that are out of sight, including under furniture, carpets, and behind any upholstery.
Vacuum at least weekly, and more frequently in high traffic areas.
4. Control The Interior Humidity
The amount of moisture in the air we breathe can have an impact on the quality of that air. Too much or too little humidity can be harmful to us as well as affect our home and contents.
High humidity can lead to the development of mold, mildew, rust, and rot. Low humidity can cause wood to dry out, warp, or crack. These conditions can also lead to skin irritations, problems with the eyes and nose as well as the respiratory system.
If you have low humidity, a humidifier will increase the humidity to more comfortable levels. Conversely, a dehumidifier will decrease humidity. By monitoring the humidity levels, you can make your home a more comfortable place to be in.
5. Clean To Avoid Dust Buildup
In addition to vacuuming your home regularly, all surfaces that cannot be vacuumed should be cleaned. This includes all surfaces that you can see and those you can’t such as the tops of doors, shelving, and window sills.
Floors can be wiped clean with a damp microfibre mop. All other surfaces can be treated with a damp microfibre cloth. Microfibre is recommended as it is very good at removing particles of all sizes. It will also trap germs and bacteria that can contribute to poor air quality and impact your health as well as your family’s health.
6. Use Natural Fragrances
Aerosol sprays in the form of air fresheners, hair sprays, and deodorants all contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These are harmful to the environment and impact the air quality in your home in a negative way. Avoid any type of artificial fragrance because they can irritate skin and airways.
If you desire a fresh scent in your home, you can use essential oils. These are natural products that can be used to freshen up any room in your home. Plus, essential oils can help you to relax and improve your mood.
All of this is possible naturally without anything artificial or manufactured.
It is not difficult to take control of the air quality inside your home. All you have to do is be proactive and possibly incorporate a few different ways of doing things in your household.
None of them are particularly difficult to complete and once you get a routine in place, you will be taking care of the air quality in your home with ease. If someone in your family has allergies or has sensitive skin issues, they will thank you for making the extra effort to keep your home clean.