Most people think of big cities with a lot of industry when it comes to air pollution. However, the air in our homes can be even more polluted than outdoors. Modern, well-sealed homes trap contaminants, which recirculate in the air you breathe. To keep your home healthy, follow these tips to improve indoor air quality.

Reduce Humidity Levels

High humidity in the home is uncomfortable and contributes to mold growth. When cooking or showering, turn on the ventilation fans to circulate the humid air out of your home. Put damp clothing and wet towels in the dryer to dry them, or hang them on a clothesline outdoors. If you frequently experience high humidity, use your air conditioning system to help reduce moisture in the indoor air.

Clean the Home to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Keeping your home clean is one of the best things you can do for air quality. Dust and vacuum at least weekly. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap even the smallest contaminants. Decluttering your home will also help to improve the air quality. Having fewer things to collect dust makes cleaning easier.

Change HVAC Filters

The HVAC system in your home is fitted with a filter to keep contaminants out of your indoor air. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for replacement. Most filters need to be changed every 30-90 days. A clean HVAC filter removes impurities from the air, helps the system run more efficiently, and extends the lifespan of your heating and cooling system.

Use an Air Purifier

If you have family members who suffer from asthma or allergies, use an air purification device in their bedrooms and areas of the home that are frequently used. Air purifiers are labeled with the square footage of the space they will treat. You may need to install several throughout your home, but you will notice an improvement in indoor air quality.

Improve Indoor Air Quality by Moving Smoking Outdoors

Don’t allow smoking indoors. If you or a member of your family smokes, create an area outside the home for smoking. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals that negatively impact air quality in your home. Secondhand smoke will affect other family members and can even cause respiratory issues and ear infections.

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