At times, as a homeowner, you may realize that the air you and your family is breathing while indoors isn’t quite as fresh as it should be. And while cleaning your home’s HVAC system is a necessary step towards getting clean air circulating through the house, we’ve put together a list of ten things you can do to help maintain that healthy indoor air quality, also known as IAQ.
Open Windows – The easiest way to circulate fresh air through your home is by simply opening up a few windows.
Regular Cleaning – No one likes to do chores around the house, but they are a necessary evil for maintaining visual cleanliness and for improving air quality. Dusting is a must, even when it doesn’t appear that there is any dust present. Vacuuming carpets and mopping floors is another important task, as well as remembering to give cleaning attention to the curtains, shutters, drapes, and other decorative items.
Reduce Humidity – Humidity in a home allows for the buildup of moisture, which can lead to mold and other air quality issues. The best way to combat this is by opening windows and running the air conditioner from time to time. Dehumidifiers also work well. Finally, just be careful about sources of steaming water. If you like hot showers try and make them slightly shorter and be sure to run the bathroom fan. When boiling water in the kitchen, remember to cover the pots, run the hood fan and open windows.
Chemical Reduction – There are many household cleansers and chemicals that do more harm than good. Whenever possible, use products with natural and safe active ingredients, such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon.
Pet Grooming – Pet dander and hair can be a major nuisance, particularly with animals that shed a lot. To keep indoor air quality at a good level, homeowners need to be proactive about pet care. Wash your pets regularly, brush away and dispose of loose fur, and be sure to sweep or clean all shedding on a regular basis. Another important step is to limit pets’ access around the house, such as keeping them out of bedrooms.
No Smoke – Beyond the long-term health hazards, smoking is also terrible for IAQ. Cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, etc., all taint indoor air. Smoking should be restricted to outdoors only. Mind you, this is not restricted to simply inhaled smoke. Burning incense, using a fireplace and even burning candles can contribute to indoor smoke issues.
Indoor Plants – Plants are not only lovely decorations, but they can also improve IAQ in wonderfully natural ways. Philodendrons, bamboos, English ivy, and spider plants are among the best at removing toxins from the air.
Air Purifiers – For use in both large areas and smaller rooms, air purifiers actively suck in contaminants and release clean air back into your house.
Test For and Eliminate Radon – Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas that results from the decay of radium. It is sometimes found below buildings, or sometimes even in building materials. It migrates to the lowest point in a given structure, so it is most commonly found on the ground floor or in the basement. Unlike other contaminants, radon can’t be evaluated with the naked eye. Fortunately, it can be easily tested for, and removal is often a simple process.
Odor Removal – It’s always wonderful to enter a home with a fresh, fragrant scent. It’s not only welcoming, but it can also eliminate other odors. However, be aware that not all scents are created equal. Many perfumes, diffusers, sprays and plug-ins release chemicals into the air – some of which actually increase humidity. Seek out essential oils, which give a pleasant smell without the worries related to using chemicals.
If you think that your home might need an improvement in air quality, please request a free quote and we’ll be in touch to answer any questions you might have.