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Caring About Your Indoor Air

Caring About Your Indoor Air


February is a month dedicated to caring about your indoor air quality. Pollutants can enter your home in many ways. It’s hard to not generate pollutants in your home, they can be brought in on a breeze or on your clothes. Some pollutants even originate within your home from pet dander or the smoke from burning breakfast. If you want to reduce the amount impurities in your home air, you’ll have to execute several different means of attack. We’ve got a check list of techniques to help you minimize the amount of air pollution in your home so that your air purifier won’t have to work hard, if at all.

1. Open up those windows!

Proper ventilation is vital to healthy indoor air, and opening your windows (when the weather and pollen count allow) is a simple way to direct fresh air through your home. 

2. NO SMOKING.

Cigarette smoke does more than pollute your air, it impairs your respiratory health and can aggravate someone’s asthma.  

3. Wash your pets.

Your furry friends should be bathed regularly to help reduce dander in your home; washing your bed sheets will reduce the amount of allergy-causing dander as well. As hard as it may be, keeping your pets off of the bed will greatly help with reducing the amount of dander that accumulates on your sheets. 

4. Invest in an exhaust fan.

Run an exhaust fan in the kitchen while cooking and make sure that your dryer vents to the outside. This reduces the amount of lint in your home. Another way to reduce the amount of air contaminants in your home is to use a window air conditioner. Set it to “Fan” and make sure it has a clean filter.

5. Get a doormat.

Wiping off your shoes will reduce the amount of pollutants you track into the house. If you want to take it a step further, establish a “no shoes” policy. 

6. Change your filters!

Do you have a forced-air heating and/or cooling system? If you do, make sure to change the air filters regularly to ensure it’s capturing the maximum amount of air pollutants. Be sure to watch the pollen count in your area as well. When pollen levels are higher than usual, you should change out your air filters more frequently.

7. Resist making too many fires.

We know it’s still a bit cold outside and curling up by the fireplace sounds so nice and cozy. However, fireplaces release soot and smoke into the air which doesn’t help with maintaining good indoor air quality. 

8. Avoid covering up odors.

Air fresheners, scented candles, incense, and various odor-masking fragrances can trigger asthma. Open a window or turn on a fan instead.

9. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

Vacuuming is an effective means of eliminating pollen and dander from your home, especially if you have pets.

10. When dusting, chose a microfiber cloth.

These collect more dust than a towel or cotton rag.

11. Less carpet, more clean air.

Carpeting may be soft on your feet, but it’s also very good at trapping dust mites, pet dander, dirt, dust, and even mold spores! If you can, choose a hard-surface flooring, like hardwood or tile, instead.

12. Stay dry.

Reduce mold in your home with a dehumidifier and remember to change the filter regularly.  

13. Handle household chemicals with care.

Store your pesticides, solvents, and glues away from living areas. We also recommend using homemade cleaning products, like a mixture of white vinegar and water, whenever possible.

There you have it! 13 ways to make sure your indoor air stays as clean and impurity-free as possible this year.