Smart Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Allergy and asthma sufferers will breathe a little easier with better indoor air. Plus, cleaner air can reduce a child’s likelihood of developing these conditions. For seniors, cleaner air can reduce the symptoms of COPD and lung diseases.

Start with a Clean Slate

  • Wash curtains, bed sheets, and other household fabrics in hot water weekly to kill mites
  • Check for mold growth, especially in the bathroom, and have professionals remove it
  • Choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter, otherwise the exhaust will put dust back in the air

Maintain Your HVAC System

  • Indoor air can be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter so it can catch more of your home’s dust & irritants
  • Clean or replace the filter in your air conditioner, air purifier, humidifier & dehumidifier

Avoid the Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Indoor air may have 2-5 times more VOCs than outdoor air, even if you live in a rural area

  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides & garden supplies
  • Aerosol sprays
  • New furniture & carpets
  • Cleaners & disinfectants
  • Craft materials, especially glues

Reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

  • Paint, glue, and aerosol spray containers can leak, so only store what you need
  • Run your home’s central air & fans when potential VOCs are introduced to your home
  • Use natural cleaners when possible, and always follow the safety instructions carefully

Control Your Humidity

  • Household humidity should be between 30 and 50 percent for comfort and mold control
  • Clean spills or condensation within 24 to 48 hours to avoid encouraging mold growth
  • Dead mold can cause allergic reactions, so always rinse after using a cleaner in wet areas

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