We forget about air in our homes and how it impacts the health of our families. Most people spend well over half their time indoors, where a variety of allergens and pollutants such as pollen, dust, mold, and pet dander can impact the quality of the air we breathe. These pollutants and allergens can contribute to everything from sore eyes and a runny nose to headaches and fatigue, and they can also worsen allergies & asthma. Between extra insulation that traps pollutants and chemicals that are released by building materials, even new construction can contribute to poor indoor air quality — Yikes!
Here are the five easy ways to improve your indoor air quality that we said we would share with you:
1. Eliminate the Source of the Allergens
Cleaning regularly will help greatly reduce the amount of dust, pollen, mold, and pet dander in the air. Vacuuming carpets regularly–even daily, if possible–is especially important, being sure to change the bag or empty the dirt cup frequently. Dusting surfaces regularly is also very important. This includes often forgotten spots such as high ledges & shelves, ceiling fans, moldings & trim. Problems with dust mites can be tempered through the use of plastic dust-mite proof mattress & pillow covers, as well as by washing sheets and blankets in very hot water. Finally, never allow smoking indoors!
2. Use a High Efficiency Air Filter
Using an better quality air filter is one of the most effective things you can do to remove harmful allergens and pollutants from the air in your home, improving indoor air quality and the health of your family. We help provide different types of air filtration and air cleaners daily improving indoor air quality is a big part of what we do.
In the event you have yet to get a better RighTime filter put on your home, changing your store bought air filter regularly is also very important. Most air filters should be replaced every 30-60 days, but if your family has severe allergy problems or if you have an excess amount of dust and pet dander in the air, replacing filters even more frequently can help a lot. As an bonus is your HVAC system will run much more efficiently, which can actually save you money in the long run.
3. Get More Fresh Air
Not all home heating & cooling systems are made to bring fresh air in from the outdoors. Opening windows and doors whenever you can to let fresh air circulate can make a big difference in indoor air quality. This is especially important if you are doing any sort of indoor activity that could create additional air pollutants, such as painting, sanding, or cooking.
4. Avoid Artificial Fragrances
The fewer perfumes in the air, the better. Whenever possible, choose unscented cleaning and laundry products, including laundry detergent, fabric softener, and other cleaners to use throughout the home. Choose aerosol-free cleaning products and avoid most artificial fragrances or air fresheners.
5. Bring The Outdoors In
Certain houseplants, such as aloe vera, ficus, Chinese evergreen, spider plant, peace lilies, and even the Gerber daisy help filter out allergens and air pollutants, and actually thrive on the same chemicals that are toxic to humans. Even better, many of these plants are not only lovely to look at, but also relatively easy to care for. Consider placing plants in areas where air pollutants and chemical exposure can be the strongest, such as the laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom.