There is no question that the quality of the air that you breathe on a daily basis has a significant impact on your health. Given how much time we all spend in our homes, this means that the quality of our indoor air is extremely important.
When it comes to the air in your home, there are several things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Excess humidity, poor ventilation, dust and mould accumulation are among the primary culprits, but there are several others. If these air quality issues are not properly addressed, they can have adverse effects on the respiratory and general health of your family.
Today’s article focuses on the 10 easy steps that any homeowner can take today to help improve the air quality in their home and improve the health of both themselves and their families. In coming up with this list, I reviewed reputable air quality resources provided by Health Canada, and I recommended anyone hoping to learn more about the importance of indoor air quality and its effect on health to do the same.
10 Easy Steps To Cleaner Indoor Air
- Always turn on the fan when cooking and showering.
- Use plastic storage bins when you store items in basements or attics
- Open your exterior facing doors and windows whenever the weather allows
- Regularly clean the lint tray in your drying machine.
- Vacuum often and consider investing in a HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filter vacuum which does a better job removing small particles.
- Keep the curtains and blinds in your home open as often as possible.
- Use a dehumidifier in your home in the summer months.
- Consider purchasing a portable air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
- Make sure you have no furniture close to your baseboards and/or heating vents.
- Leave the interior doors in your home open as often as possible.
These 10 steps will get you started on your path towards improved indoor air quality in your home. If any component of your home has significant issues with humidity control, ventilation or filtering, you may want to seriously consider contacting the appropriate contractor to have the issue remedied as it may have serious long term consequences for the air you and your family breathe on a daily basis.
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