In 2016, about 4.3 million people died from illness caused by indoor pollution. What causes air pollution? Asbestos, fireplaces, stoves, paints, cleaners, radon, and mold all contribute to indoor air pollution.
Considering Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, it’s important to breathe clean air. There are lots of simple things you can do to improve indoor air quality in your home, read on to find out more.
1. Vacuum Regularly
Dust, pet hair, and pollen collect on your floors. This is why you should vacuum daily to prevent these from getting into the air. Consider wood or tile floors when adding new flooring because they are easier to keep clean.
Your shoes also bring in dirt and pollutants. Be sure to remove your shoes before walking into your home.
2. Clean Your Air Vents
In addition to vacuuming your floors, you should clean your air vents throughout the house. You can use your vacuum to clean the outside. Bacteria and mold can grow in your ventilation system if you don’t clean regularly.
You should also consider having your heating ventilation and air conditioner (HVAC) ducts cleaned periodically to get those hard to reach areas. Remember to change your furnace filters as often as the guidelines recommend to keep the air circulating through your home clean.
3. Use Natural Cleaning Products
Fragrances in air freshers and cleaning products may smell good, but they are can also be harmful to your respiratory system.
You could use natural cleaners like baking soda and lemon. Wondering what works to clean different areas? Check out these guidelines for some natural cleaners you can make yourself to save money and improve the air quality.
If you want to freshen up the smell in your home, try natural essential oils like lemon, pine, lavender, peppermint, or rosemary. You could add a drop of these essential oils to your sheets, mop, or laundry.
4. Get Some Houseplants
Houseplants are another great way to rid your indoor air of toxins. They also provide oxygen to your home. Some of the best plants for improving air quality in the home include:
- Snake Plant
- English Ivy
- Gerbera Daisy
- Bamboo Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- Dragon Tree
- Peace Lily
- Mass Can
- Red-Edged Dracaena
If you have pets, be sure to check out which plants may be poisonous. Plants are an inexpensive way to improve air quality and decorate at the same time.
5. Improve Ventilation
One of the best ways to improve air quality is more airflow. Remove stagnant air by opening doors and windows when weather permits. If you live in the city with more outdoor pollutants, consider buying an air filter or run a fan to circulate the air.
Be sure you run ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathroom. The vent fans can remove unwanted moisture in bathrooms that can cause mold. You also want to get the cooking fumes out of your kitchen, so run the range hood and crack a window.
Looking for More Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality?
If you are looking to improve indoor air quality, schedule a home allergen test today. Elite Mold Services will check the quality of your air and test for high levels of common allergens and pollutants that could make you sick. Contact us today so you can breathe easy.