You may be surprised to know that the quality of air inside your home is often worse than in the outdoor environment. Over time, an accumulation of dust, insect particles, allergens, and pollutants make their way into your home and can cause breathing issues and allergic reactions.
With the summer season in the UK fast approaching, there will be more allergens and pollutants in the air. Trying to create a healthier home environment should start with improving your indoor air quality. Your family will be able to breathe better, avoid illness, and improve allergies when you follow the right strategies.
Let’s look at a few easy ways to improve your indoor air quality and create a healthier environment for your family.
Install house plants
Having plants in your home is a cheery way to clean up your air quality. Plants produce oxygen and work to remove harmful toxins and pollutants from your indoor air. A few plants placed in the most high-traffic areas of your home will not only increase the aesthetic value of your home but clean your air.
Add a dehumidifier
Dust and bacterial particles often travel through your home on the back of moisture droplets. If you live in an area of the UK with high humidity levels, you may find it hard to keep your indoor air quality at a high level. Adding a dehumidifying system or a portable unit to your home can help to remove excess moisture from the air.
Get dusting and vacuuming
Home cleaning is an essential part of improving your indoor air quality. Pollutants and dust particles can become trapped deep in carpets and on the surfaces of your home. To keep your floors clean, it’s essential to vacuum two to three times a week. When dusting, using the right tool is the key to removing maximum amounts of dust. Feather-style dusting wands will often just stir up dust and send it into the air. For the most effective dusting, it’s crucial to use a damp cloth or microfibre towel that will adhere to dust and dirt and remove them cleanly.
Change your filters
If you have a HVAC system, the filters are the first line of protection your home has from pollutants, allergens, and dust. The dense fibres of a high-quality HEPA filter can trap these tiny particles and prevent them from spreading through your home. Over time, your filters can become clogged. Your HVAC system needs to work harder to force air through a clogged filter, reducing its overall efficiency. Simple tasks like changing your home air filters regularly – aim for every three months – and reducing humidity in your home can give your air quality a boost. During the spring and summer, when the pollen and pollutant levels are high, you may want to change filters monthly.
Clean your ducts
Your duct system is the avenue that the air travels to be distributed throughout your home. Over a period of time, particles, bacteria, and dust can become trapped in these ducts. When the air flows through the system, it can stir up this debris and spread it around your home, resulting in low air quality. Bring in the professionals to give your ducts a cleaning once a year for the best results. You might want to consider having insurance from a company such as Hometree to help cover the costs of annual maintenance.
If you suffer from allergies or are generally concerned about the health effects that poor air quality can have on your health, it’s time to take action. Try some of these easy ways to increase your indoor air quality and help you breathe easier.0