Indoor air can be much more toxic than outdoor air. If you’re spending a lot of time at home, it’s important to learn how to improve indoor air quality with these tips.
One of my favorite things about spring is that we can open up the windows! After being cooped up all winter, I get tired of breathing stale indoor air.
Winter is a very difficult time to keep the indoor air quality up. Even though we have lots of pollution in our outdoor environment, the EPA says indoor air quality can be significantly worse.
Poor indoor air quality can be troublesome everyone, but especially for those with asthma. So it’s important for us to understand why we have indoor air pollution and how to correct it.
Where is all this indoor air pollution coming from?
This is only a partial list – there are an endless number of sources of pollutants in our homes these days that impact indoor air quality.
- Cosmetics, personal care products and synthetic fragrances
- Household cleaning products and dry cleaned clothes
- Chlorine from tap water
- Chemical pesticides
- Mold, pollen, germs, animal dander and dust mites
- Secondhand smoke
- Paint, lacquer, glue, particle board, plywood and other building materials
- Carpets, upholstery, mattresses and other furniture
15 Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Fortunately, we do have more ability to improve indoor air quality than we do our outdoor air quality. Here are 15 simple ways to get started with improving your indoor air quality.
- Open the windows and let fresh air flow through every day.
- Use an air filter to filter pollutants and allergens.
- Use a water filter to reduce chlorine gasses.
- Use a vacuum with a good filter.
- Regularly clean areas that may attract mold and mildew (try this DIY mold and mildew cleaner).
- Choose natural and organic personal care products.
- Diffuse essential oils that can help keep the air cleansed.
- Make your own household cleaners or purchase natural ones.Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home.
- When remodeling, choose greener options and building materials.
- Purchase organic produce whenever possible.
- Add plenty of air-cleansing houseplants to your home.
- Require everyone take their shoes off at the door to reduce the amount of pollutants that are tracked into your home.
- Use a microfiber dust mop to make sure your floors are clean.
- Test for radon and ensure your home is clear of asbestos.
While indoor air quality can be a concern, it’s in your power to make changes to improve it. We hope these tips and tricks will make that easier for you.