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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Interested in learning how to improve indoor air quality? If you or your family members suffer from allergies, the air quality in your home is a possible culprit. Improving indoor air quality is also important in terms of overall health and wellness. Use a few tips to breathe easier:

  • Healthy humidity: Humidity should be around 30 to 50 percent to maintain a healthy home. Mold and dust mites thrive on moisture, so invest in a dehumidifier if needed to lower humidity levels. Other tips include using an exhaust fan while cooking, venting clothes dryers outdoors, emptying A/C unit drip pans and fixing leaky plumbing. It’s also important to avoid overwatering houseplants.
  • Clean floors: Allergens and chemicals easily accumulate in dust, so vacuum your home frequently using rotating brushes and a HEPA filter if possible. Go over high-traffic areas several times, and mop floors after you’ve finished vacuuming to remove any dust you missed. Place large floor mats by all doors to prevent friends and family from tracking in chemical-laden dirt.
  • Cigarette smoke: Smoking is one of the easiest ways to create unhealthful atmosphere in the home. Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 chemicals, so if you must smoke, limit it to the outdoors.
  • Natural cleaners: Another lesson in how to improve indoor air quality is to replace chemical cleaners with natural ones. Laundry detergent and dryer sheets, air fresheners and other chemicals you use to keep the home clean and freshly-scented all contain synthetic fragrances and other chemicals. Switch to inexpensive natural cleaners and air fresheners such as baking soda, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Radon: This odorless, colorless gas increases lung cancer risk, especially if combined with smoking. Test for the gas and make any necessary changes.
  • Air cleaners: You may want to invest in an air cleaner, though some are more effective than others. Look for a model that draws a lot of air through its filter in addition to effectively collecting air pollutants.

For more expert advice on indoor air quality and other home comfort tips, contact us at HVAC Unlimited. We serve Alexandria, Fairfax and the surrounding counties.

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