With common household contaminants like mold, pet dander, dust, and chemicals, the air quality inside your home can be worse than outdoors. However, you can take steps towards making your home safer and preventing health issues. Here are a few tips for improving indoor air quality.

Change Your HVAC Filters

Your HVAC system’s filters capture dirt and allergens including pet dander, dust, cigarette smoke, and dust mites. These filters eventually become dirty. This causes your HVAC system to work overtime and can worsen air quality because contaminants aren’t being filtered out. Replace these filters every 30 to 90 days, as recommended by the manufacturer. You’ll notice an improvement in air quality and it will extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Replace Other Filters in Your Home

When replacing your HVAC filters, check the other filters in your home. Appliances like the clothes dryer, vacuum cleaner, and the kitchen ventilation fan may have filters. Inspect these filters occasionally and replace or clean them when needed. Replacing them at least once every six months is a good rule of thumb.

Use Ventilation Fans for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Some pollutants are generated in the kitchen from cooking. Open a window or use your kitchen fan when cooking to help improve air quality. Turning the ventilation fan on when showering is also beneficial to the indoor air because it helps prevent mold growth.

Inspect and Clean Air Ducts

It’s worth it to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and clean your system’s ducts periodically, especially if you or a family member suffer from allergies. Air ducts that aren’t maintained or aren’t installed properly will spread pollutants like dust, mold, and dander throughout your home.

Clean Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs trap dust, dander, and other pollutants in their fibers, meaning you should clean carpets and rugs frequently. Vacuum your rugs and carpets at least twice weekly to improve the air quality, using a HEPA filter machine for best results. Occasionally, rent a carpet cleaning machine for deep cleaning.

Improving Indoor Air Quality Includes Keeping Humidity Low

Humid conditions create an environment conducive to mildew and mold growth, which contribute to respiratory problems like asthma and allergies. If you live in an area with hot summer weather, it would be wise to use a dehumidifier indoors. A dehumidifier will trap moisture and lower the humidity level.

Use these tips when working toward improving indoor air quality. The result is healthier living spaces and greater overall comfort at home.

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