The air we breathe affects our health and well-being. To keep a healthy home, it’s important to improve indoor air quality. Here are a few useful tips to get cleaner air in your house.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced when fuels like gas, wood, coal, oil, or charcoal are burned. When CO is present in high concentrations, it can affect your indoor air quality and even cause dizziness, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases, carbon monoxide poisoning is fatal.
Carbon monoxide detectors alert you to high CO concentration levels in your home. If an alarm sounds, leave the house immediately and call a professional to troubleshoot the situation and make repairs.
Frequently Clean Your House to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Clean regularly to remove dust, dirt, and other pollutants from surfaces in your home. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter at least twice every week to collect dirt, pet hair, and other debris. When vacuuming, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never allow the collection chamber to become too full.
Get An Air Purifier
One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to purchase an air purifier for your home. These devices plug into the wall outlet and remove pollutants from the air including mold, dust particles, pollen, and pet dander. This will especially help family members with allergies and asthma.
Maintain Ventilation to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Run your air conditioning and heating unit to maintain airflow throughout the home. It will help reduce the amount of dust, pollen, and other pollutants in the air.
Your HVAC unit has a filter that should be replaced, on average, every 30 days. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations about what type of filter to purchase and how frequently it should be changed. Keeping the filter clean extends the lifespan of your unit, helps it run more efficiently, and boosts the quality of the air inside your home.
Improving your home’s indoor air quality is easy. Family members who suffer from allergies or asthma will experience some relief and you’ll feel better knowing your loved ones are breathing cleaner air.
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