Part of a healthy lifestyle includes increasing the indoor air quality of your home! While some complex fixes can be pricey, other small steps help create a healthier home and won’t break the bank.
While I’m always learning new things about indoor air quality, and there is often new technology to look into, in this post I am going to focus on small steps that will help clean your indoor air.
We all know this – open windows and fresh air make our homes feel clean and happy! Focus on those days when you can lower your thermostat and make it a priority to let in fresh air into your home.
USE EXHAUST FANS
Turning on your exhaust fans when using the bathroom and stove can help remove small particles that linger in the air.
Vacuuming two or three times a week supports removing dust and particles from carpeting. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter keeps the dust from escaping back into the air after it has been vacuumed.
KEEP PETS GROOMED
Fur and dander can be indoor air irritants, so removing those from your pets as frequently as possible will make a difference. Outdoor grooming is preferred!
REMOVE SHOES AT THE DOOR
This is so easy and one that gets forgotten so easily. For “real proof of the pudding”, place a light piece of paper at your door so those walking in can see what they have brought in on their shoes. Don’t forget to do the same with your pets – you’d be surprised how much their paws are bringing in!
CLEAN AIR FILTERS
Keeping air filters clean or replaced allows the air to flow freely though out your home. Once filters become clogged, the system must work harder to pull air through which increases your energy costs and can increase the pollutants being emitted into the air flow.
A Healthy Home embraces your Health, Happiness, and a Healthy Environmental Footprint! These suggestions are designed to get you started – there are lots of great resources online for other ideas, including articles by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If you’d like to start but not sure where to begin, give me a call! We can walk through your home together and I’ll give you some suggestions that I’ve implemented in my home.