It takes effort to maintain good indoor air quality. Clean indoor air improves health and comfort, but while polluted air causes allergies and other issues. If you’re having air quality problems at home, try these tips to improve indoor air quality.

Improve Ventilation

Ventilation is the flow or exchange of outdoor and indoor air. With proper ventilation, a home gets fresh air from the outside while contaminants that have accumulated indoors cycle out. Use exhaust fans to remove pollutants and moisture from kitchens and bathrooms. Open the windows for 15 minutes each day to allow fresh air to circulate in the house.

Maintain a Clean Home to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Maintaining a clean home is another way to improve indoor air quality. Clutter collects dust and compromises your indoor air. Wet surfaces can cause mold growth, which quickly spreads by mold spores floating through the air. Regularly vacuum the floor, clean countertops, and wipe surfaces to remove dust and allergens.

Change Air Filters

A dirty air filter on your AC unit or furnace lowers the overall indoor air quality of the home. Learn how often to change the air filter by reading the manual on your appliance and set reminder dates on your calendar. Air filters become clogged with dust and can even grow mold if they are neglected for too long. A new air filter will remove contaminants before sending conditioned air into the home.

Rethink House Plants

Like trees, indoor plants help to purify the air. However, too many house plants may increase mold and pollen, which will trigger allergies and can compromise respiratory health. If you like having indoor plants, place them in areas with good air circulation and be sure not to overwater them.

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Air Purifiers

Use an air purifier to improve air quality in specific rooms. Like HVAC filters, air purifier filters need to be changed on time to be effective. Buy an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove the smallest contaminants. Air purifiers eliminate allergens, dust, and other harmful particles.

Air quality affects your family’s health, so work to improve your indoor air quality at home by using the above tips.

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