You know when the blinds are open in your home, the sun is shining in, and you can see dust particles floating around everywhere in the sun rays? We typically don’t notice the dust particles in our house, unless we haven’t dusted for a long time. Even then, often times people will do a quick dusting and call it good.
Poor air quality in your home can lead to or worsen health conditions. If you think about it, most people spend between 10 and 16 hours a day in their home. That’s a long time to be exposed to poor air quality! The poor air quality in your home can cause dizziness, headaches, congestion, irritate your allergies or asthma and even lead to other serious illnesses.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve and maintain a high quality of air in your home.
1. Dust often. Dust and particles settle onto the first surface they come in contact with. Keep as many unhealthy particles off of your surfaces as you can by dusting them at least once a week. Don’t forget those ceiling fan blades; once you turn them on the dust that is sitting on them gets scattered everywhere!
2. Vacuum. The carpet in your home acts like a filter, trapping dust particles, allergens, pollutants and more. This is actually a good thing. However, each time you walk on your carpets you can kick up the particles and drag them with you to other areas of the house. Vacuum at least once a week, to keep your carpets clean and able to attract more particles from the air.
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3. Change filters. Don’t forget to change the filter in your HVAC unit at least every 6 months. Every 3 months is even better. All the air in your home gets ran through your heating or cooling unit at some point, and having a clean filter is important.
4. Clean windows/window sills. Much of the unhealthy air particles come into your home through tiny cracks around your doors and windows. Keep the area around your windows clean, by wiping them down with a wet towel at least once a month.
5. Air purifier. Air purifiers are a great way to remove the extra tiny allergens and particles in your air constantly. There are several types available on the market. Make note of how much area one purifier will cover; if you have a large home you may need to purchase more than one to cover your entire home.
6. Other advice. Be smart about what you let into your house from outside. When you come indoors, take your shoes off so as to not spread the dirt all over. If your clothes are particularly dirty, put them straight into the wash machine instead of the dirty clothes pile.
Pets are another major cause of poor air quality. Check your pets paws before they come inside, and bathe your pets regularly to keep the dirt particles to a minimum.