Air pollution exists outdoors and indoors, and both can be harmful. Contaminants in the home reduce the quality of the air you breathe. Fortunately, there are easy ways to improve indoor air quality.

Microscopic dust mites are allergens in many homes. Other common indoor air pollutants include pet dander, radon, mold, dust particles, formaldehyde, lead, and chemicals from fragrances and cleaning products. The average person spends 87% to 90% of his or her life indoors, so it’s important to keep indoor air clean and healthy.

Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

1. Keep Humidity in Check

Dust mites and mold thrive where there is excess moisture. Maintain low humidity levels to suppress dust mites, mold growth, and other allergens. Install dehumidifiers and use the air conditioner in your home to help control humidity. Humidity levels between 40 – 55% are ideal for comfort and health while keeping allergens away.

2. Change the HVAC Filter

HVAC filters trap dust, dust mites, and other pollutants in your home. Change the filter in your HVAC system every 30-90 days, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, you may need to change it more often if you have pets or suffer from allergies. Keeping the filter clean also helps your HVAC system run more efficiently and extends its lifespan.

3. Invest in Air Purifiers

There are many types of air purifiers available. Choose one that fits the square footage of the room where you’re using it. HEPA filters are effective at removing the most common indoor air contaminants. For best results, place your air purifier where air can easily circulate. Keep the machine away from walls and furniture.

4. Improve Ventilation to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation is important for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living space. An easy way to ventilate your home is by opening the doors and windows for at least 15 minutes a day to promote circulation.

Use the ventilation fans in your home when cooking or bathing. These fans are designed to remove moisture, cooking odors, and other pollutants from your indoor air. You can also use window fans to promote airflow throughout your home.

Because many people spend so much time indoors, it’s important to keep living spaces healthy by improving indoor air quality. With a few easy steps, you can eliminate dust, dust mites, mold, and other pollutants from your indoor environment.

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