It’s easier to notice air pollution outdoors. From the diesel truck in front of you at the traffic light to the factory smokestack releasing smoke and noxious gases, the signs of air pollution are obvious. However, the air inside our houses is also polluted with dust, pet dander, VOCs, and other chemicals. To protect yourself and the people you live with, take a proactive approach to indoor air quality. Here are 5 tips to help you improve indoor air quality and live a healthier life.
Use Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Houseplants are beautiful and many of them filter out pollutants. If you enjoy greenery, add potted plants to your home decor. Some favorites include peace lily, spider plant, snake plant, and Boston fern.
Choose an Alternative to Chemical Air Fresheners
Instead of spraying your home with chemicals in an attempt to cover up unpleasant odors, take a more natural approach to freshen the air. Take the garbage out frequently and keep your home clean. If the air inside smells stale, citrus peels are great for freshening and scenting the indoor air. You can also purchase soy or beeswax candles scented with natural oils for your home or use an aromatherapy mister and add essential oils.
Your exhaust fans remove moisture, smoke, and odors from your home, so keep them clean. Vacuuming dust from the vents, cleaning the fans, and checking that they work properly are effective ways to improve air quality in your home.
Wash the Doormats
When housecleaning, don’t ignore your doormats. They can become covered in dirt, mold, pollen, and other debris. Launder or hose down the doormats regularly to keep them clean — and your indoor air fresh.
Improve Indoor Air Quality by Changing the HVAC Filters
The filters in your heating and cooling system trap a lot of pollutants, so change them at the recommended interval, usually every 30 to 90 days. Keep a fresh supply of spare filters on hand so that you never run out. Clean filters improve air quality and help the HVAC system run more efficiently.
Deep Clean the Carpets
Like doormats, carpets and rugs will attract dirt, dust, mold, pet dander, and pollen. To keep them clean and improve air quality in your home, have the carpets and rugs deep cleaned regularly. You can hire a company or rent a machine and do it yourself.