The upcoming fall weather will be a welcome change from the hot summer days we’ve been experiencing, but even though we’ll finally be turning off our air conditioning systems, we still want to ensure that everyone in our community will be comfortable and healthy in their home.
One of the biggest contributing factors towards comfort and health inside of your home is indoor air quality. Though we like to consider our homes to be a safe place for ourselves, our family members, and our pets, the fact remains that the air in the inside of our homes is often more polluted than the air outside of it! With this in mind, it’s important to take the time to evaluate the indoor air quality of your home and make the necessary changes to improve it. Here are a few of our top tips for improving the indoor air quality of your home.
- Keep your home clean: One of the most important steps you can take towards improving the indoor air quality of your home is by keeping it clean. Proactively removing any dirt, dust, and debris in your home will help to prevent it from being picked up off of the floor or furniture and being transferred throughout the air. Additionally, keeping your vents and ducts clean within your HVAC system can also go a long way towards improving your indoor air quality.
- Control humidity: Ideally, your home’s humidity should be somewhere between 30-50%. This can often be achieved with very little effort, but depending on the set up of your home may require some assistance from a humidifier or dehumidifier (or both in some cases!). There are many products on the market that can help you to achieve optimal humidity in your home, and in turn greater indoor air quality. If you have any specific questions on humidifiers and dehumidifiers, let us know!
- Add a houseplant: A houseplant can add life to your home AND improve its air quality! There are several varieties of common houseplants that have detoxifying properties: english ivy, peace lilies, and chrysanthemums are just a few examples. Do a little research and head to your local hardware store or flower shop to pick up a plant that will both beautify and purify your home!
- Use less chemicals: Many cleaning and paint projects, specifically those meant to be “fragrant” release toxic chemicals into your home, polluting the air and degrading indoor air quality. Instead of using these kinds of products, opt for products that are either non-scented or use only natural ingredients. When selecting paint products for the interior of your home, select an option that is either low or zero VOC (volatile organic compound).
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