Improve Indoor Air Quality In Five Easy Steps
With winter weather in full effect, now is a great time to work on the indoor air quality of your home. As we spend most of our time indoors for the upcoming weeks, and you'll want to consider how clean the air in your home actually is.
Here are 5 ways to improve your indoor air quality:
Have A Smoke-Free Home
Second-hand cigarette smoke is one of the worst contributors to indoor air pollution, containing more than 4,000 chemicals.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Try vacuuming and mopping once a week to get rid of toxins and allergens. It may also be a good idea to use floor mats near doorways to prevent unwanted messes from being tracked inside.
Maintain A Healthy Level Of Humidity
Invest in a whole-house humidifier and keep humidity around 30%-50% to keep dust mites, mold and other allergens under control.
Upgrade Your Furnace Filter
Let’s face it, a basic furnace air filter isn't designed to clean air. Its sole function is to keep large particles from damaging the furnace blower. Invest in a more advanced furnace filter, and you will be able to pull out up to 5 times as many particles as traditional filters. Consider an electronic air cleaner for extraction of 30 times as much dust and debris!
Use Natural Air Fresheners
Synthetic fragrances in home cleaning products can emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Try fragrance-free, mild cleaners that don’t include artificial fragrances. Use aerosol sprays (deodorants, hair sprays, furniture polish) in moderation, and use indoor plants to purify the air in your home.
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