When you hear the word “allergies,” you might think about the allergens and air pollution outside that can affect the air quality and impact our health. However, with all of the time that we spend inside our homes, offices, and other buildings, it’s important to also consider your indoor air quality as this can also have a significant impact on allergies.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Though you may not have much control over the air quality outside, you can take measures to better control the air quality in your home to reduce allergens. Here are just a few ways to improve indoor air quality to keep you and your family happy and healthy:
Vacuum or mop your floors regularly.
Allergens accumulate over time, so one of the best ways to reduce these irritants and chemicals in your home is by regularly vacuuming and mopping your floors. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and strong suction capabilities to make sure that these pollutants don’t end up getting blown back onto the floor. Also, be sure to vacuum high traffic areas often.
Stop outdoor allergens in their tracks.
Use large mats near every door that leads outside to help trap dirt, pesticides, and other allergens that enter your home. This helps keep pollutants from ending up on your floor or in other areas of the house. Wash these mats regularly to help keep your home clean.
Change your HVAC filter and clean your vents.
Your HVAC unit’s filter traps dust, dirt, and other irritants. It is important to clean or change these filters regularly to maintain healthy indoor air quality. You should also clean your HVAC unit’s vents regularly to ensure that the system is running smoothly and continuing to protect your indoor air quality.
Use natural cleaning products.
In addition to vacuuming and mopping regularly, you also want to make sure that other surfaces of your home where dust can accumulate are kept clean. Using natural cleaning products that are chemical-free help you reduce the toxins from cleaning chemicals which can be harmful to those with weakened immune systems like infants and the elderly.
Introduce house plants into your home.
House plants are not just for decorative purposes. Many different types of house plants can help you improve the air quality in your home. Through their normal photosynthesis process, these plants are able to reduce common household toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Control humidity in your home.
Keep humidity between 30-50% in your home to keep dust mites, mold, and other moisture-loving allergens under control. A dehumidifier can be used to reduce moisture in the air, and running your air conditioner can also help reduce allergens by filtering air from outside.
If you have questions about indoor air quality or how you can improve air health in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can clean your unit and make sure it is running smoothly to help protect you and your family from allergens and other pollutants.