How To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

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The air quality in your home has a major impact on your health and wellbeing. As well as causing immediate and even life-threatening health problems, poor air quality could be responsible for asthma, allergies, fatigue, headaches and a myriad of other issues. 

If you want to make your home safer, improving its air quality is one of the first things to tackle. To find out how you can enhance the air you’re breathing, take a look at these top tips…

Use an air purifier

An air purifier is designed to clean the air, so it can do wonders for improving the quality of the air in your house. Depending on the size of the residence, you may want to use two or even three purifiers. Alternatively, opt for a portable purifier you can move from one location to another. 

Open windows

Whether it is poor weather conditions or security concerns that leave your feeling cooped up, it’s important to open your windows for some time every day. This allows fresh air to enter your home and also releases moisture, which is key for preventing damp and mold. 

If you live in a highly polluted area, you may be reluctant to keep your windows open for long. In this case, follow your local district’s advice and open your windows when it’s safe to do so. 

Remove mold

Unfortunately, many homes are affected by mold and few people realize the damaging effect it can have on their health. Indeed, you might not even be aware that mold is present in your home. Often, mold grows on walls where there is poor air circulation, so check behind wardrobes and cupboards.

Ideally, you want to ensure that all furniture is at least a few inches away from the wall, as this allows air to move around. 

Once mold is present in the home, it can be tricky to remove. The most effective way to ensure your home is free from mold is to use a professional removal service. Of course, it’s better to prevent mold, rather than having to treat and remove it. To do this, ensure the humidity levels don’t get too high in your home. 

A humidity monitor will enable you to check the levels and wiping condensation from your windows, running a dehumidifier and opening the windows will help to keep humidity at an optimum level. 

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Check your products

We would never intentionally put our family at risk, but we might be doing it inadvertently. The products you’re using in your home could be affecting the air quality, so it’s important to check the ingredients of everything before you start using it. One of the most common problems in the home is the use of toxic cleaning products. Unfortunately, this can cause a whole host of health problems and could be significantly lowering the air quality inside your home. 

By switching to an alternative, such as a natural cleaning solution, you can minimize the presence of toxic chemicals in your home and improve the air quality instantaneously. In addition to this, creating good ventilation and leaving the home immediately after using a cleaning solution can help to minimize the impact these products can have. 

Clean AC filters

If you have air conditioning at home, it can help to improve your air quality. By refreshing stale air and keeping the air dry, an air conditioner can help to prevent damp too. However, it is essential that you clean the filters of your AC system regularly. 

Almost all air conditioners have filters, so find out exactly where they are. Whether you’re using an in-built or portable system, it’s vital to remove dust and bacteria so that it’s not blown throughout your home by the AC. 

Many people use a vacuum cleaner to keep their AC filters spotless, but you should always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. As well as keeping the filters clean yourself, you can also have your air conditioning system professionally cleaned and serviced to keep it in tip-top condition. 

Maintaining your home’s air quality

Improving the air quality inside your home isn’t a one-off job. While you’ll need to take intensive action if damp or mold is already established, it’s important to manage the indoor air quality consistently, even if you can’t see any current problems. 

By keeping your home well-ventilated, minimizing your use of potentially harmful products and installing alarms to warn you of gas leaks, you can help to keep the air quality in your home safe for everyone. 

 

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