How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

by Jess Rehll - November 11, 2022

With seasonal allergies affecting 60 million people, asthma plaguing 25 million people, and 20 percent of adults in the United States experiencing long-covid symptoms, air quality is a serious issue. Smoke from wildfires, air pollution, mold, and dust can exacerbate these issues to the point of being life-threatening. The one place you should be protected from these pollutants is within the walls of your own home. 

Invest in an Air Purifier

Home air purifiers are quite effective at filtering out most pollutants from the air. There are basic purifiers that use a fan to pull the air through a paper, fiberglass, or mesh filter and then push clean air back out. You can even choose from more advanced air purifiers such as those that also use ultraviolet light to destroy any bio-pollutants such as mold. Another type of purifier uses activated charcoal which can remove even smaller particles, such as hazardous gasses and smoke. 

Get Rid of the Sources of Dirty Air

If you have major sources of dust, dander, and other pollutants in your home it will be hard for an air purifier to keep up. Major dust and other allergen producers include fireplaces, pets, furniture, drapes, carpets, and rugs. You can improve your air quality by replacing your wood fireplace with a gas one, bathing and brushing your pets, cleaning your upholstered furniture, washing your drapes and bedding, and shampooing your carpets and rugs regularly. Better yet, replace your carpets with hard flooring such as wood or tile. Getting rid of your carpets helps improve the air quality in your home

Set a Cleaning Schedule

One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s air quality is to keep it clean. Setting a cleaning schedule can help keep you on track. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed and hard surfaces should be dusted or cleaned once a week. Bedding should be washed at least every other week, or more if you have a respiratory condition. Do a deep dusting of ceiling fans, high shelves, and other hard-to-reach places quarterly. Upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs, and drapery should be cleaned once a year. And remember, your air filters need to be replaced every 3 months. 

The air quality of your home matters. By taking steps to purify your air you will have fewer and more mild asthma attacks, reduced allergies, improved respiratory conditions, and fewer airborne illnesses. After all, your home should be one place where you can breathe easily.

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