When many of us think of air pollution, we think of it as a problem that affects the outdoors, like smog or haze — it can’t be possible for the air inside your home to become polluted, right?
In fact, your home’s air can become polluted by a number of things, from chemicals to dust to microscopic allergens. If someone in your household has allergies, asthma or another respiratory condition, these indoor pollutants can take a major toll on their health.
It shouldn’t be impossible to breathe easy within your own home. By taking these three steps, you can easily rid your indoor air of toxins, allergens and other particles and instantly improve your home’s air quality:
Invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner
A great deal of indoor air pollutants accumulate on your floors — and an older, low-quality vacuum cleaner won’t adequately remove them. To boost your indoor air quality, invest in a vacuum cleaner that has HEPA-certified air filters, strong suction and rotating brushes. Be sure to wash your vacuum’s filter regularly to keep it working at its full potential.
Keep an eye on your humidity
If the humidity within your home is too high, you unknowingly create the perfect environment for dust mites and mold spores to thrive. Ideally, your indoor humidity should be kept between 30 and 50%. If your home’s air conditioner doesn’t have a programmable thermostat that controls humidity, it may be time to have a new home air conditioning installation.
Change out your home air conditioning systems’ air filters
Your home’s heating and cooling units are equipped with air filters that filter out allergens, dirt, dust and other pollutants from the air within your home. If you haven’t changed your heating and cooling systems’ filters in a long time, their ability to filter your indoor air is likely compromised. Ideally, you should be changing out these filters once every 90 days or so.
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