As the hot and humid Florida summer weather settles in, we tend to spend more time inside with the air conditioner cranked on high, and you may notice that you’re more sensitive to the indoor air. With allergens, dust, and stale air running through your home, there may be more indoor air pollution than you realize! Fortunately, there are many easy and inexpensive strategies that you can implement to help you improve your indoor air quality.
Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
- First thing first – clean! Vacuum at least once a week, paying particular attention to carpeted areas, to remove dust, allergens, and animal dander that may be living in the fibers. You’ll also want to launder bed sheets, towels, drapes, and other items that attract allergens, as they may accumulate and create mold in your home.
- Use Natural Cleaners. If you’re using harsh household cleaners, you may want to eliminate those in place of something more natural. Harsh chemicals can irritate your eyes and nose, making breathing harder and affecting your skin! This is particularly true for those with asthma. Instead, use natural cleaning supplies to tidy up around the house.
- Stop the Smoke. Smoke is a considerable part of indoor air pollution and can also play a significant role in bringing in chemicals and toxins inside your home, making it harder to breathe. Because of this, it’s best to eliminate all sources of smoke inside your home, including tobacco products, candles, and wood-burning fireplaces and stoves.
- Let the Air Flow. Increase fresh air flow by opening your windows to replace stale air with new, unpolluted air and remove potential contaminants. Consider getting an indoor air fan to keep your home cool.
- Install an Air Purifier. Invest in an air purifier to help reduce the allergens you breathe in. This is an excellent option for pet owners who may be sensitive to pet dander but are unwilling to give up their furry friend! You won’t be able to remove every single particle, but an air purifier will cut some of these allergens down, making it easier for you to breathe. You may also consider getting a new dehumidifier in your basement to help prevent mold growth.
- Replace Air Filters. Make sure you change out your air filters! A clean filter will ensure that any allergens and dust particles will get trapped in the filter instead of recirculating throughout the home. If that still doesn’t help, you may need to hire a professional company to clean your air ducts of any other trapped particles.
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