The air quality in your home affects your health and the health of your family. Clean air promotes respiratory health and general well-being. Air pollution isn’t just a problem outdoors in big cities; even our homes can have troublesome levels of contaminants. Here are a few easy ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.

Change the HVAC Filter

Your HVAC system moves air throughout the home. In the process, this air is circulated through a filter that traps contaminants. Change your HVAC filter as recommended by the manufacturer, usually every 30 to 90 days. Your system will operate more efficiently and you’ll improve your home’s air quality.

Promote Circulation to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Another way to improve air quality is by boosting circulation in the home. When the weather is nice, open windows to promote airflow. Turn on the ventilation fan while cooking to help remove smoke and cooking odors. Bathroom fans reduce humidity in the home which prevents mold. Run the fan for at least 10 minutes after finishing your shower.

Add Indoor Plants

Studies have shown that houseplants can remove pollutants from the air. Choose a few plants for your indoor living spaces. Don’t overwater plants as this can encourage mold growth.

Reduce VOCs

Many commercial household cleaning products are made with fragrances and chemicals that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can cause headaches, nausea, and allergy-like symptoms. Switch to homemade cleaning solutions or choose products that use natural oils instead of chemical scents.

Use an Air Purifier

If you or any members of your family suffer from allergies or asthma, an air purifier will be beneficial. These devices trap airborne irritants like dust, pet, dander, and mold, preventing these pollutants from circulating in your home’s air. Choose a machine with a HEPA filter for the best results.

Keep a Clean Home to Improve Indoor Air Quality

One of the most important steps to improve air quality is to clean regularly. Develop a routine of dusting, vacuuming, and washing laundry, linens, and upholstery. Carpets trap various pollutants in their fibers so it’s important to vacuum at least twice every week. Dust your home weekly, including air vent covers and ceiling fan blades. By keeping your living spaces clean, you reduce allergens in your home.

Carolina Premier Inspections provides home inspection services, including an air quality control check, to the greater Charlotte area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.