Indoor air quality is often overlooked in a home. From dust and pollen to pet dander and mold, these things in a home can cause allergy flare-ups or even worse health problems.
There’s nothing quite like the humidity here in Pittsburgh, either, allowing little opportunity for comfortable breathing indoors. In addition to your home HVAC system, here are 5 other ways you can improve indoor air quality.
1. Keep it clean
A clean house is a great way to eliminate dust, pollen, allergens, and even odors in a home. Be sure to clean surfaces often to eliminate buildup and vacuum 1-2 times per week so dirt and dust don’t get trapped in carpets and couch cushions.
Opting for hardwood floors or hard surface floors is another great way to improve indoor air quality. If you have pets, it is especially important to clean linens, bedsheets, curtains, or any other material that particles or dander can be trapped in.
2. Change your filters
If you have a heating system or an air conditioner in your home, be sure to change the filters on these to eliminate the buildup of dirt and dust. If the dirt gets trapped in the filter, and you continue to use your unit, you are recirculating the same dirty air inside your home.
This can, in turn, cause allergy flare-ups and isn’t good for your overall health. You can also have your ducts cleaned in some cases which can also improve air quality.
3. Buy an air purifier
Air purifiers are a great way to limit irritants in your home. Since some particles are colorless or very small, it’s hard to get rid of every single one just from cleaning surfaces.
Air purifiers can naturally clean the air in your home, giving you better air quality in just minutes.
4. Use cooking vents
Many indoor air pollutants can come from cooking using a gas stove. When you’re cooking be sure to either open a window for ventilation or use your cooking vents for better ventilation.
5. Control humidity
With moisture comes mold and mildew. These can cause seasonal allergies, especially in the summer. By utilizing dehumidifiers, you can eliminate some humidity in your home. In turn, you’ll be promoting better indoor air quality. It’s a win-win!
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