Most people think of big cities with lots of traffic and industry when considering air pollution. However, the air inside our homes can be just as polluted as outdoor air. Building materials and other household items release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These along with cigarette smoking, pesticides, and radon gas are just a few potential pollutants. Other common irritants in a home are dust, pet dander, mold, and the byproducts of cooking and heating our homes. Here are some ways to reduce contaminants and improve indoor air quality.

Improve Cleanliness for Better Air Quality Indoors

One of the easiest ways to boost air quality in your home is to keep the living spaces clean. Dust and vacuum at least twice a week, more frequently if you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These filters can trap even the smallest irritants and keep them from circulating in your home’s air.

Don’t Permit Smoking Indoors

Cigarettes contain dozens of cancer-causing chemicals that are released into the air when lit. If you have a smoker in your household, designate a comfortable area outdoors for smoking. Cigarette smoke negatively affects the health of members of your family and it can even cause symptoms in your pets.

Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier is a machine that helps to remove contaminants from the air. These devices are sold to work within a certain number of square feet, so be sure to check those specifications before purchasing to make sure it will treat your space.

Use an air purifier in rooms that are frequented by members of your family who suffer from asthma or allergies. You might purchase a separate purifier to filter irritants from their bedroom air.

Prevent Mold Growth to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Mold in your home can contribute to sneezing, sore throat, red eyes, itchy skin, and headaches. Humidity and moisture issues create an environment that is conducive to mold growth.

Take steps to lower humidity and repair water leaks to help prevent mold from forming. Hang wet towels to dry, repair the dripping pipe beneath the sink, use the bathroom ventilation fan when showering, and immediately clean up any spills.

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