And, Breathe: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home

Indoor Air Quality

Over 50% of Americans claim to deal with allergies on a regular basis. If you have bad allergies yourself, the last place that you want to be uncomfortable at is in your home.

With that being said, finding ways to improve indoor air quality in your home can be tough. This is especially true if you have kids who are always running in and out of the house, or pets who are constantly shedding.

The good news? We can help you out!

In this article, we’ll give you some basic tips and tricks that you can use to improve the indoor air quality in your home. We’ll talk about everything from your HVAC system to what type of chemicals you should be using to clean your home.

Now then, let’s get started!

Perform Routine HVAC Maintenance

One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality in your home is to perform routine HVAC maintenance. Depending on the age of your home, along with a few other variables, you may need to schedule more maintenance visits to keep your HVAC unit, and your home, clean.

At least two checks up per year are recommended, with an additional third or fourth checkup needed for older homes or homes with lots of pets. Consulting with your HVAC company for their advice is very much recommended. 

Check Your Air Filter Monthly

While routine HVAC maintenance visits are a good idea, they’re not the only thing that you can do for your indoor air quality that involves your HVAC system. Checking your filter monthly, especially if you have pets or an older home, is also a good idea.

Sure, you might not need to make a filter change each time you check. But you’ll get confirmation that your filter is clean every 30 days, which will help you keep your home and your HVAC system clean, too.

A pro tip? Set a monthly alert on your phone to remind you to check your HVAC filter. And when you do change your filter, write the date on the side of it before you install it. That way you know when your last filter change was at all times.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Sealed

There are plenty of ways for dirt and debris to enter your home from the outside. One of the most common ways is through your windows, and more specifically, through your window seals.

If your home is older, odds are your window seals could use some patching up. If your budget allows for it, replacing your windows entirely could help a great deal, too.

Dust and Vaccum Your Home Weekly

Even if you keep your HVAC system in perfect working condition, and replace your windows, your home is still going to attract dirt and debris. The best way to get rid of this problem? As simple as it may sound, you need to dust and vacuum your home often.

Again, how often you should be cleaning your home depends on a few different things. With that in mind, once a week is a good starting point, with any additional cleanings added to your schedule as you see needed.

Keep Your Clothes Clean

This one might sound a bit odd but hear us out…

Keeping your clothes clean, while not the biggest game-changer, can help you improve your indoor air quality. After all, dirty clothes are just that: dirty. And by removing the dirt and debris that comes along with them, along with the smell, you can make your home feel fresher.

On top of that, doing laundry will encourage you to clean other areas of your home, too. And as we’ve already touched on, that can go a long way in keeping your home, and the air inside of it, fresh and clean.

Pick up Some Beeswax Candles

Looking for some home upgrades that you can make to improve your indoor air quality? Working with a tight budget? Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to get the results that you’re looking for.

In fact, something as simple (and affordable) as beeswax candles can help you eliminate pollutants from the air in your home.

You see, when you light a beeswax candle, it produces a negative charge. That negative charge counteracts the positive charge that pollutants produce, sending those pollutants directly into the candle or to the ground.

So, the next time you go to vacuum your home, light a few beeswax candles before you do. When you’re finished, your house will be looking and feeling like a whole new home.

Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Of course, when you’re cleaning your home, your vacuum isn’t the only thing that you use. You also need access to cleaning products that allow you to get your home as clean as you’d like it to be.

Our advice? Stick to eco-friendly cleaning products only. They’re safer for everyone in your home and don’t expose you to any bad toxins or chemicals. Simply put, they’ll help you get the air in your home cleaner without making matters worse.

Still Not Sure How to Improve Indoor Air Quality?

There are tons of things that you can do to improve indoor air quality in your home. If you’ve checked all the boxes on this list, and are still having issues, contact your HVAC company for more help.

Odds are you’ve got a bigger issue, perhaps one related to moisture, mold, or mildew, that needs to taken care of.

Looking for more tips and tricks that you can use to turn your dream home into a reality? Check back with our blog often for everything from product reviews to DIY project ideas.

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