Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

May 12, 2022

Pollutants can be really bad for your health increasing your risk of illnesses including cancer, asthma, allergies, and heart disease amongst other things.

Many of us think that pollution is only something we need to worry about when we are outdoors or in built-up areas of the city, but that is not true., Our homes can harbor a whole hots of pollutants which could affect our health, too.

The good news is, there are lots of simple things you can do to significantly clean up your home’s air quality, including the following:

Do not bring any pollutants in

The most obvious way to improve your home’s air quality is to ensure that you do not bring any pollutants into the home in the first place. Things lie smoke from cigarettes, chemicals for certain cleaning products and formaldehyde found in various glues and paints can all be really bad for your home’s air quality, but it is also pretty easy to keep them out of the home by using alternative products instead.

Use an air filter

Obviously, air filters have been designed to remove pollutants from the air, so having one or two running in your home will make a huge difference to your air quality. Just make sure that you change the filter regularly or your air filter will not be as effective as it could or should be.

Deep cleaning

Deep cleaning your home, getting into all those nooks and crannies, and removing all signs of dust, dirt, and mold, will go a long way to making your home’s air quality cleaner because the feer pollutants lurking in your home, the less likely they are to get into the air and be breathed in by you and your family.

Vacuum regularly 

Vacuuming regularly is an excellent way to get rid of many common pollutants that can cause allergies and other illnesses such as dust mites and pet dander. Ideally, you should vacuum every day to keep on top of them, but if you cannot manage that, then vacuuming every other day will go a long way to controlling those pollutants and keeping your air clean. 

(Maybe) open the windows

If you live in a low pollution community, then opening the windows to let fresh air in and stale air out can help to improve the quality of your home’s air. However, if you live in an area where there is a lot of pollution, this would obviously have the op[posite effect, so you need to be very careful about ventilating your home.

Get rid of dampness

Dampness can cause your home’s air quality to nosedive because it can cause mold and volatile organic compounds to be released into the air. Luckily, you can deal with dampness by eliminating leaks, using a dehumidifier, and damp coursing your home, so it is possible to get to grips with.

As you can see, it is really pretty easy to ensure the air you breathe in your home is as clean as it can possibly be. So, what are you waiting for?

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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