Regardless of the lengths we go to in order to try and keep the air quality of our homes as excellent as possible, it’s sadly almost always the case that the quality of the air inside our homes is significantly poorer than it is outside.
Nonetheless, there are a number of simple things we can do to improve the air quality of our homes and ensure that our families are living in a clean and fresh environment.
Below you’ll find four of the best things you can do to enhance the quality of the air in your home.
Open Your Windows
It may sound obvious, but too many of us forget to perform this simple task every day. As mentioned above, the air outside is probably much fresher and cleaner than the air inside – so be sure to open your windows regularly, allowing fresh air into your home and improving air circulation.
Opening your windows for just five to ten minutes a day can also significantly lower the concentrations of toxic chemicals like carbon dioxide that are present in your home, making your living environment much safer and healthier for everyone.
Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
There’s no need to become extremely house-proud if this isn’t a natural part of your character, but keeping dust to a minimum by regularly wiping and polishing surfaces and objects is essential when it comes to preventing excess dust from being blown up into the air you’re breathing.
Regularly and thoroughly vacuuming your carpets is also important, as whilst carpets conveniently trap dust and dirt and therefore prevent it from lowering your air quality, their filter-like nature means they can become clogged if you’re not careful – and all the dust they’ve trapped will slowly be swept up into the air when people walk through the room.
Simple things like placing a doormat at your front door to prevent dust and dirt from outside being brought in to your home can also help to significantly improve air quality.
Don’t Smoke Inside
We all know that passive smoking is extremely dangerous, but many people assume that as long as they only smoke in certain areas of their home and/or when non-smokers are not present, the risk of passive smoking is eliminated.
In fact, the hundreds upon hundreds of chemicals which are contained in the typical cigarette can linger in the air and become blown into other areas of your home, greatly increasing the presence of toxic chemicals in the air being breathed by those around you.
Only smoking outdoors is therefore highly recommended if you wish to improve your home’s air quality.
Have Your Air Ducts and Dryer Vents Cleaned Regularly
Every time your heating and cooling systems are turned on, contaminants in the air are pulled into your air ducts. Over time, these contaminants build up and lower the quality of air in your home. There are some tell-tale signs that you need to get your ducts cleaned and you can read more about them here.
The negative effects of contaminants from air ducts and dryer vents have been linked to numerous health issues, and are naturally particularly concerning if anyone in your family has any existing respiratory issues such as asthma.