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How to Cut Down on Indoor Air Pollutants

Breathe Easier with These Tips

asthmaEven when it’s nice outside, we spend the majority of our time indoors, and that means we breathe in a lot more indoor air than outdoor air. While outdoor air can carry pollutants, indoor air can carry anywhere from two to five times more. These pollutants (like mold or mildew spores, dust, pollen, dirt, dander, tobacco smoke, and more) can affect your health and worsen issues like asthma. Here’s how to cut down on the pollutants in your home:

Use natural products

Many name brand cleaning products have harmful chemicals in them like bleach, ammonia, chlorine, phosphates, and more. These chemicals are not only bad for the environment, but they’re bad for your indoor air. Look for natural cleaning products that are made from plants or make your own (for recipes, click here). You’ll breathe in far fewer contaminants.

Change your filters

At our Glenmoore heating and cooling company, we recommend changing your HVAC filters every one to three months. These filters trap airborne particles and pollutants so that they don’t spread throughout your home, which means keeping them fresh keeps your indoor air fresh as well.

Keep your carpet clean

If you have a lot of carpet in your home, make sure you vacuum it regularly. Dust and dirt can easily settle into the fibers and get kicked up whenever someone walks by. To make sure you get a good clean, use a vacuum cleaner that has at least 12 amps of power.

Smoke outside

Tobacco smoke pollutants are dangerous for your lungs and like dirt and dust, they can settle into furniture and carpets. To keep your family from inhaling carcinogens, smoke outdoors and as far away from your home as possible.

Get some plants

Plants are known for purifying the air, and there are several species of houseplants that can help filter out organic chemicals to make your air more breathable. These include aloe vera, azaleas, spider plants, Chinese evergreens, weeping figs, and more. Talk to your local plant specialist to find out which is best for you.

Keep your humidity in check

If you’ve ever noticed a musty, moldy smell in your basement, it’s because mold loves moisture. Keep your humidity in check (ideally, at a 30%-50% level) to help prevent excess allergens. Do simple things like open a window when cooking, vent your clothes dryer to the outside of your home, or use a dehumidifier.

Let Timothy Off help

At Timothy Off, we’re all about clean indoor air. Give us a call today and we can help you make your indoor air easier and cleaner to breathe.