When indoor air quality grows poor, the air starts growing crowded with dust, allergens, and other particles that can lead to discomfort or health problems. This is especially true during colder months when homes tend to be tightly closed off, and particles can circulate throughout the house without ever going away. When this becomes an issue, it’s time to take action…but where should you begin? These tips will show you how to get started.
Replaced Filters Regularly
Air conditioners have filters that they use to capture larger particles and keep the air clean. These filters vary in the particles they can remove, but they all help – and they can all get clogged over time. Central AC filters typically need to be replaced every several months: Other air conditioners may have filters that need to be replaced or at least cleaned/washed. This allows the AC to continue purifying the air when it runs.
Buy an Air Purifier
An air purifier is a separate device that specifically cycles air to draw out particles. Sometimes they run on their own as standalone devices, and sometimes they can be attached to AC systems. Air purifiers may be expensive, but they are easily the best way to purify the air in a home. They also come with a variety of filter layers that can filter out smoke, smells, pollen, and even the tiniest particles (thanks to the prevalence of HEPA filtration in modern devices). A purifier is a great idea if indoor air is causing health problems.
Vacuum All Your Fabrics
Dust/allergens can easily hide in fabrics and seep out over time. A key part of a clean house is keeping your fabrics dust free: This doesn’t just mean clothes! It means taking time to vacuum your carpet, all fabric-based furniture, drapes, and any other fabric surface in your home. Vacuum these surfaces regularly, and dust won’t have many places to hide.
Circulate Some Fresh Air
Even when it’s cold outside, don’t be afraid to open the windows and let outdoor air circulate around the house for a little while. This will help introduce clean air without the dust build-up that closed-off home air can have. You don’t have to do it every day – but intermittent airing out is great for air quality.
Treat Indoor Plants Carefully
Indoor plants can improve air quality…if you take care of them. The danger is that plants that are overwatered can start growing mold in the soil, which is, of course, horrible for air quality and health. Keep your plants healthy to avoid this problem!