With people spending more time indoors as cooler weather approaches, it’s good to focus on improving indoor air quality in your home. Polluted air can pose health hazards indoors as well as outdoors. Here are 3 effective ways to promote healthier air inside your living spaces.
Why Indoor Air Quality Matters
Smog, pollen, and ozone pollute the air outdoors. However, many of us spend more than 90 percent of our time inside. When indoor air quality is poor, you may suffer from respiratory ailments, headaches, allergies, and even chronic illnesses. Fortunately, there are easy ways to improve your air and breathe easier.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Your best efforts for managing indoor air quality involve:
- Filtering indoor air
- Managing humidity
- Introducing fresh air
Your HVAC system filters indoor air, as do air purifiers. Keep replacement filters on hand so that you’re prepared to change them as needed. Refer to the owner manuals for these appliances to learn how often to change the filters.
Some species of houseplants naturally filter indoor air. Add a few around your house to improve your interior air quality while also boosting your decor.
Reduce humidity in your home if moisture levels exceed 50%. Places with high humidity are ideal breeding grounds for mold, viruses, and dust mites. Open your windows to reduce condensation if it’s not too humid outside. Dehumidifiers help remove excess moisture from your home. Wet clothes should be dried quickly in a dryer or hung outside to dry.
Introduce Fresh Air
You have two ways of getting fresh air into your home. One is running the HVAC and the other is opening windows. The weather outside will help you determine what to do. If you do open any windows, be sure to open at least two in different rooms and leave the doors to these rooms open to create a draft that gets the air circulating throughout the home.
Run exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms while cooking and during and after a shower. These ventilation fans pull stale and damp air out of these rooms so that fresh air can replace it.
As you can see, there are many steps you can take towards improving the indoor air quality of your home. Try as many as you see fit to keep your household healthier.