Top 5 Ways to Improve your Indoor Air Quality
The EPA reports your indoor air is almost always many times more polluted than the air outdoors. Now, more than ever it is critical to you and your family’s health to keep everything clean and safe where you spend your most time! Here are 5 ways you can help yourself to cleaner air:
- Increase ventilation into your home. Now that it’s getting warmer outdoors, its a perfect time to open windows and doors and let the fresh air in and the stale air out.
- Vacuum at least weekly using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner only. If you don’t have one of these, it would be better if you don’t vacuum at all! Regular vacuums pick up the visible lint, etc… But if you could only see all of the really small stuff…the junk that penetrates into the deep lung…you would see you are spraying tiny settled contaminants back up into the air for you and your kids to breathe. So, the more often you vacuum with that old clunker, the more often you are dirtying your air.
- Purchase and operate HEPA filtered room air cleaner(s) continuously. At a little over 100 bucks, these air filters really do remove airborne contaminants such as mold, bacteria, bug parts, dander, and even viruses from the air. These air purifiers are especially helpful if you suffer from allergies.
- Damp dust rather than dry dusting. Using a damp (not wet) microfiber is much more effective and captures the dust in the cloth rather than pushing it around and back up into the air.
- Keep things dry. Moisture on organic building materials always grows mold…always! Keep your humidity lower in your home to less than 50%. Not only will it help to prevent mold growth and spore release into the air, but it will help to limit the dust mite population.
- Bonus tip!! Did you know you shouldn’t make your bed in the mornings? Right! Let the body moisture from a full night’s sleep evaporate. Otherwise, you’ll trap the moisture in and encourage dust mites to flourish!