6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Access to fresh, clean air in our indoor environments is just as important to our health and wellness as proper nutrition and clean water. Unfortunately, too many homes are rife with indoor pollutants that range from dust mites to off-gassed chemical vapors. All of which can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms and frustrate even the healthiest of people. The following are a few ways to help get rid of these air toxins and improve your indoor air quality:
Invest in HEPA filters
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filters are best equipped to catch those tiny particulates that degrade indoor environments. Use HEPA filters on your vacuum cleaners and HVAC equipment where applicable.
Regularly replace filters
A good rule of thumb is to replace the filters on your air conditioning and heating equipment once every month during heavy use and once every three months otherwise.
Nix the scented air fresheners and similar products
While they may make surroundings smell momentarily fresh, these products frequently emit toxic chemicals that are hazardous to our health.
Add some plants to your home
Indoor houseplants like Peace lily and English ivy are great home additions as they both look great and help absorb certain toxic agents while simultaneously releasing fresh oxygen into your home.
Commit to regular deep cleanings
Don’t just wait for the first day of spring to deep clean your home. Regular deep cleanings are key to keeping dirt, dust, and other pollutants from building up to harmful levels.
Test for radon
Every home is susceptible to having radon issues. This colorless, odorless gas occurs as a natural decay of uranium in the soil underneath our homes. This gas billows up and frequently invades basements and other crawlspaces where it can be breathed in and increase occupants’ risk of developing lung cancer. This is why it’s so important to test homes for radon and institute mitigation steps if radon is detected.