We spend about 90% of our time indoors. Especially in our homes, it’s important to improve indoor air quality. If you have family members who suffer from allergies or asthma, good air quality is essential for their comfort and health. Here are a few tips to help your family breathe easier at home.
Keep the Home Clean to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Keeping a clean home is a major factor in improving air quality. Dirt, dust, pet dander, and pollen accumulate on the surfaces in your home. At least weekly, dust the house and vacuum all carpets and rugs. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for the best results. This type of filter removes and traps fine particulates, keeping them from circulating within your home.
Control Humidity Levels
High humidity is uncomfortable and increases the chances of mold growth in the home. When you are bathing or cooking, always use the ventilation fans. This will help draw moist air out of your home. Don’t leave wet towels or laundry on the floor. Hang wet clothes to dry outside on a clothesline to help keep humidity levels low.
Prevent Mold Growth
Mold causes allergy-like symptoms including a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and headaches. Take steps to prevent mold growth. Clean up spilled liquids immediately. Repair plumbing leaks as even minor ones contribute to moisture in the air.
Keep your gutters clean and the roof in good repair. Issues with the roof or guttering can lead to basement flooding, water seeping behind the siding, and damage to the roofing materials – all of which invite mold and mildew into your home.
Use an Air Purifier
Use an air purifier, especially if family members are suffering from allergies or respiratory issues. Purchase an air purification machine designed for the square footage of the area you need to treat. HEPA filter machines are a good choice since they filter tiny pollutants from the air. Use these devices in the living room, dining room, and the bedroom of allergy or asthma sufferers.
Change the HVAC Filter to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Your home’s heating and cooling system is fitted with a filter to trap contaminants as they circulate through your home. Replace the filter every 30 to 90 days or as recommended by the manufacturer. When you keep the filter clean, your HVAC system runs more efficiently and you’ll have cleaner air in your home.