With growing populations and increasing pollution, bad outdoor air quality is quickly becoming a health hazard. Many people avoid being outside when they can, especially in the spring and summer when humidity and allergens can make it hard to breathe. In reality, however, the air inside some homes can be worse than outside, triggering a myriad of health issues, including allergies, sinus congestion, and fatigue. To keep your family safe, here are some ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
This may seem obvious, but one of the easiest things you can do for your home’s air quality is to keep your space clean. Dust, sweep, and vacuum every few days and wash bedding weekly. If you have pets that shed, you may need to do these tasks more frequently to get the desired effect.
Especially if you have severe allergies, air purifiers can be a huge help. Installing a whole-home purifier in your HVAC system ensures that your air is cleaned of dust and dander every time it filters through the system. These systems can also help kill germs and viruses, as well as eliminate odors from pets, cooking, and daily life.
Speaking of cooking, be sure to air out your kitchen after cooking. Oil, steam, and odors can create breathing issues and may circulate the house if left untreated. Be sure to use your hood properly, and open a window when you’re done cooking.
Many indoor house plants can help purify the air while making your home feel cozy. Bamboo, Ivy, and Dracaena are among several plants that help to purify the air around them. Be aware, though, that not all plants are safe for pets, so do some research and check with your vet before buying houseplants if you have a furry friend.
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