4 Ways to Improve The Indoor Air Quality of Your Home

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Most of us don’t think about the quality of the air we breathe very often. But if you live in an urban environment, you should take it seriously.

Here are four ways anyone can improve the quality of the air in their home.

Keep It Clean

Keeping your home generally clean will go a long way to improving the air quality inside. Dust and animal dander account for a significant portion of the contaminants in most people’s air. Keeping your home clean and dusting surfaces regularly will prevent these substances from accumulating and spreading through the air.

Vacuum your carpets regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter if you have pets. If you have the opportunity to choose new flooring, choosing hard surfaces over carpets will reduce the number of allergens in the air in your home.

Remember that any fabrics in your home can become a petri dish for allergens, dust, and insect debris. A lot of these things are too small for us to see, but they still impact the quality of the air in your home. Bedding, curtains, drapes, and other fabrics often get overlooked. Most people focus their attention entirely on the carpet.

Get A Heat Recovery System

Despite the name, heat recovery systems from companies like BPCVentilation.ie can do a lot more than just enable you to heat your home more efficiently. In addition to recovering some of the heat that you would otherwise lose, heat recovery systems also provide you with a steady flow of filtered fresh air.

A heat recovery system guarantees that you will have a constant clean air cycle without having to open windows and lower the temperature. You will need to change the filter every 6 to 12 months. The exact time varies from home to home.

Declutter

As well as keeping your home clean and preventing dust from building up on any surfaces, you should also declutter your home as much as possible. Merely having more stuff means that there are more surfaces for the dust to fall on. The more surfaces there are, the greater the likelihood of overlooking them when you clean your home.

Removing unnecessary clutter and getting rid of any furniture and other possessions that you don’t need can help a lot if you have someone susceptible to allergens in the air. Piles of items can also trap dust, causing it to accumulate out of sight.

Buy An Air Purifier

You can buy portable air purifiers that will improve the air quality in a room, in the same way that a portable electric heater provides enough heat for a room. If you live in a flat, a relatively small air purifier might improve the air quality throughout most of your home. The more you are willing to spend, the more sophisticated and powerful the units you can buy will be.

Because we can’t see the air we breathe, most of us are blissfully unaware of how dirty it can be. But for people with a sensitivity to allergens and pollutants, contaminated air is a real issue. To improve the air quality in your home, start by cleaning and decluttering. You can then invest in air purifying appliances if that is ineffective.

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Ashley Macdonald
Ashley has recently joined the FeedsPortal content writing team and brings with her a wealth of journalistic experience, which we believe our readers will find extremely useful.

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