4 Ways to improve indoor air quality

Improve the air quality inside your house to keep health problems at bay.

Air pollution is not only outdoors in the form of smog or haze. The air inside your homes, offices and buildings can also be more polluted than outside due to chemicals from cleaners, fire-retardants and in-house dust. While some of the pollutants are trailed indoors, others arrive via new furniture, cleaners or paints.

But before you panic, take some immediate steps to improve indoor air quality.

Keep indoors clean

A clean house is a healthy house. You can cut down on dust with good indoor hygiene that focuses on strategies to reduce the accumulation of mould and dust inside your home. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to vacuum your carpets and rugs at least once or twice a week. Remember to clear any clutter that traps or holds dust. Furthermore, you need to regularly clean drapes, beddings and other materials that attract dust.

Maintain healthy levels of humidity

Mould and dust mites love moisture. Therefore, to keep them and other allergens under control, maintain the indoor humidity to around 30-50%. A dehumidifier or air conditioner can reduce moisture in the air and control allergens. Other methods to dehumidify your home are: do not overwater houseplants; fix any leaking plumbing and open a window while cooking and bathing.

Change the filters

Air conditioners also filter some of the common air pollutants, in addition to ensuring the perfect temperature in your home. But eventually, the air filters stop doing their job causing trouble for the indoor air quality. Therefore, you need to regularly change your AC filters, especially if you live in an area with high levels of pollution. Furthermore, you should also check the filters in other household appliances like a vacuum cleaner, kitchen vents and clothes dryer.

Buy indoor plants

There are multitudes of indoor plants that help improve the indoor air quality, as they release oxygen. You can buy small plants like ferns and lilies or large palm trees to improve the air quality. You have many indoor plant choices, from those that thrive in sunlight to those needing little light and maintenance. Additionally, the plants will also brighten your home adding a touch of nature to your home décor.

Breathe clean to stay healthy.

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