10 Strategies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

10 Strategies for Improving Indoor Air QualityThe quality of the air we breathe plays a huge role in determining our health and happiness. And the average American spends nearly 90% of their time indoors. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your home’s air quality is high.

Here are 10 Strategies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

1. Remove air pollutants

Some scented cleaning products, such as glass cleaners, bleach, sprays, and air fresheners can leave harmful chemicals in the air for long amounts of time. Try using these less often or opening a window after you do.

Other airborne pollutants are more serious, including carbon monoxide, asbestos, lead particles, and mold and mildew.

2. Bring in fresh air

Opening the windows is an easy (and cheap) way to cycle fresh air into your home while also getting rid of any low-quality air that’s built up.

3. Run bathroom exhaust fans

Bathrooms are common breeding grounds for molds, viruses, and dust mites that love moisture and heat. Running the exhaust fans after showering can prevent these unwanted critters from taking over your home’s bathrooms.

4. Maintain your dehumidifier

Your dehumidifier gets rid of excess moisture and makes sure that mold and mildew don’t build up in your home. Make sure to maintain it consistently so that it can do its job well.

5. Buy a quality air filter

Air filters are specially designed to remove pollutants from the air in your home. Investing in high-quality filters will make sure that happens while also reducing wear and tear damage to your HVAC system.

6. Get houseplants

Plants are nature’s air filters, so it makes sense to have some in your home if you’re concerned about air quality. But you should know that you’ll need a lot of plants to match the air-cleaning power of a few open windows.

7. Examine your air ducts

Air ducts move air from one part of your home to another. But when they’re full of dirt, debris, and air pollutants, they’ll also transport those throughout your house. That’s why you should get into the habit of examining and clearing your air ducts consistently.

8. Use cooking vents

Gas stoves release a lot of contaminants into the air while you’re using them, including nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. Using your cooking vents while you make food will get these out of your home before they have a chance to distribute.

9. Clean your floor coverings

Rugs and carpets can trap a ton of dust and harmful particles in their fibers. These will stay in your home and get back into your air unless you clean your floor coverings consistently.

10. Keep your HVAC system maintained / tuned-up

A well-maintained HVAC system will help you prevent mold and circulate high-quality air throughout your home. It’s one of the main reasons why experts recommend that you receive an HVAC system tune-up at least twice per year.

IAQ Can Help You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Quality has more than 60 years of experience helping residents of Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area with all of their HVAC and air quality concerns.  No matter what you’re looking for help with, we’re the experts you can rely on to get the job done. So why wait? Get in touch with us today to get started.