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.
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.