Six Simple Steps To Improving Indoor Air Quality

The air inside your home is often more polluted than the air outdoors, even in some of the largest cities. The pollutants come from air fresheners that you use to cover up certain unpleasant odors, shedding pets, dusty furniture and the spray used to clean it, dust mites, poor ventilation for the kitchen range, and more. Try these simple steps to help improve the indoor air quality of your home and prevent problems.

1.   Ventilate. Cooking, cleaning, polishing your toenails, and spraying hair products are some of the ways that volatile chemical compounds get released into the air. Use exhaust fans and hoods in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. This will help cut down on your exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce humidity that can cause mold or mildew to grow.

2.  Quit smoking. Ban smoking inside of your home or car for yourself and others. Smoking will only add exponentially to the amount of indoor air pollution. If you smoke, make sure you are outside in open air and away from any parts of the home.

3.  Eliminate odors. Do not simply mask the odor that is foul-smelling in your home with an air freshener. Go right to the source of the bad smell and clean it up. Use a box of baking soda in the area of the home instead of air fresheners, which cost extra and contain phthalates. Use this tip to save money and clean up the air.

4.  Clean often. Dust inside your home can contain pollen, bacteria, dust mites, mold, mildew, and pet dander. Therefore, it is essential that you dust your furnishings regularly with a damp rag. Use a low-emissions vacuum to clean the floors. Encase your pillows and mattresses in covers. Also, make sure these covers are washed in hot water after removal.

5.  Control pests. Seal all cracks and crevices shut in your home that may allow an unwanted critter to enter so that you will not need pesticides. To diminish your exposure to pet dander, keep pets off of furniture and sleeping areas too.

6.  Reconsider pricey solutions. There is no medical support that proves an air cleaner alone will reduce allergy or asthma symptoms. Air duct cleaning may not help with health problems. Instead, try the lower cost solutions to prevent any airborne pollutants in the first place.

Utilizing these six easy steps will help improve the air quality in your home. Pollutants will escape, instead of stagnating and causing further problems.

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