How to Keep the Indoor Air Quality Good

May 13th, 2016
Alec Rogers

How to improve indoor air qualityKeeping the indoor air fresh is as important as the weekly cleaning procedures you perform. Of course, you know that opening the windows is the easiest trick for letting fresh air into the room, but if you suffer from an allergy, you have to make sure the air is pure enough and no dangerous particles float in the room. You cannot see the particles with a naked eye, but nevertheless, you can apply a few tricks to reduce them or at least minimise their negative impact.

  • There is a bundle of useful procedures you can perform if you want to purify the indoor air. First of all, place a few flower pots in each of the rooms. Nowadays people are used to having an abundance of air-freshening products available on the market but in the past flowers used to do the job of the contemporary air-fresheners, so why don’t you give it a try?

  • As you already know, upholstery and carpets attract a lot of germs and dirt. They are a trap for allergens and therefore, cleaning your carpet and the sofa should be included in your must-do cleaning activities. Regular vacuuming is required, but you should not underestimate the importance of having your upholstery and carpet professionally cleaned at least once per year.

  • Make a homemade air freshener. It is not necessary to buy expensive air fresheners when you can make your own. You might be surprised at how effective it is. All you need is a spray bottle, a cup of water and a few drops of the essential oil you prefer. Alternatively, you can place some rice in a jar and add a few drops of the essential oil.

  • Make sure the ventilation system is working properly. Change the filters of the heater and the air condition regularly.

  • If you live in a humid region, you will have to fight mould. It is caused mainly by poor indoor air quality where the humidity levels are too high. Mouldy areas are to be found mainly in the bathroom or the basement. Fixing roof leakages is one of the most important factors for bringing the humidity levels back to normal. As soon as you eliminate the humidity, you will see that the mould is not accumulating so fast.

  • Along with carpets and sofas, pillows and blankets also accumulate a lot of dust. You should give them a shake at least once per week. Don’t forget about the mattress too. It is home to a lot of dirt and bacteria, so it would be a good idea to search for professional house cleaning services in your area and book mattress cleaning.

  • If you have a pet then maintaining the cleanliness and the freshness of the indoor air becomes a more complicated task. If your furry friend is a long-haired breed, you have to groom it regularly in order to minimise the pet hair caught up in the carpet fibres.

  • Invest in high-quality cleaning supplies. You might be surprised to know that there are at least five types of mops, all of which intended for a different cleaning purpose. If you want to catch even the smallest dust particle, get yourself a microfiber mop that will help you reach all the nook and crannies. Dusting the doors, window sills and walls should also be included in your cleaning list.

  • The indoor air quality can become extremely polluted if you have a gas stove or you leave the lawn mower running in a close space. In other words, you have to use a heater or a gas stove that vent directly to the outside.

  • You might have already finished your painting project, but it does not mean the dangerous particles are gone. On the contrary, the toxic chemicals most painting products contain pose a risk to your health a few months after the completion of your project. So, the next time you have to paint an indoor area, make sure you buy a low-VOC (VOC – volatile organic compound) product and never store open buckets of paint in the closet.

  • We all have clothes that cannot be tossed in the washing machine and you have to take them to a dry cleaning procedure. However, some of the chemicals used for dry cleaning are potentially dangerous. The best thing you can do is to hang the treated clothes outdoors for a while if you want to keep the indoor air pollutant-free.

Now that you know some of the key reasons for the bad quality of the indoor air you can start following the tips above and soon you will be able to tell the difference. Living in a home with a fresh and quality air can change the overall mood of your whole family!

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