5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • February 19, 2016

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality This Spring

According to our groundhog friend, Punxsutawney Phil, we should be expecting an early spring in 2016. Out with the cold and in with the new, fresh air. And once that fresh air hits, it’s time to jump into spring cleaning mode!

When you decide to tackle Spring Cleaning this year, keep in mind the air in your home may be more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air pollutants and allergens have a tendency to build in the winter when your home is sealed up against the cold, so a deep spring clean is imperative to rid your home of contaminants left behind from winter.

We’ve come up with a few ways to help improve your home’s indoor air quality this spring:

1. Clean Floors

Deep clean your carpets and hardwood floors throughout the entire house. Bacteria and viruses can survive in uncleaned carpet for over 4 weeks. Furthermore, several pounds of soil, dust, allergens, skin cells, and pet dander accumulate in and under carpet every year. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum carpet 1 time per week for every person in the home, including pets. If there are 4 bodies in a household, the carpets should be cleaned 4 times per week. Also, carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12-18 months according to carpet manufacturers.

2. Dehumidify

Use a dehumidifier to control moisture and maintain a healthy level of humidity. By keeping your home’s moisture in check, you’ll reduce allergens and pollutants in the air as well as prevent harmful mold growth. Also, keep an eye on basements and crawlspaces to make sure there’s no moisture build up with the potential to cause mold or fungal growth in those areas of your home.

For more information regarding Killingsworth’s moisture control and mold remediation, check out our water restoration and mold remediation services.

3. Vents & Filters

Clean all heating and air vents throughout the home and replace filters. Filters should be replaced once a month to allow your home to circulate fresh air through your heating and cooling system. Dirty vents and filters lead to dirty air getting pushed around the interior of your home.

4. Add Indoor Plants

Consider adding clean air plants to your indoor space to clear your home of pollutants and promote fresh air throughout your living spaces. Great clean air plants include Spider Plant, Dracaena, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Bamboo, and Aloe Vera to name a few.

5. Indoor Air Circulation

Get rid of stale air by opening a window and allowing fresh air to flow freely into your home. Like I mentioned previously, indoor air pollutants and allergens accumulate all winter, so add fresh air to the mix to help clear them out.

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