4 easy ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home
Winter is nigh and bitter cold temperatures will soon be an everyday occurrence, and in fact already are for some parts of the country. That means much more time spent indoors for many people, and while it feels cozy and warm sealed up in the house; allergens, dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores are sealed in there as well and circulate with verve throughout your home. It’s too cold to open windows and many allergy and respiratory triggers lurking about are odorless and invisible, with nothing to alert you to problems. If asthma, fatigue, and sleepiness are part of your days, however, indoor air quality may be compromised.
Concerted efforts to improve your home’s air quality go a long way in mitigating allergy and other symptoms and make winter living that much easier. With a handful of simple changes and strategies you can reduce allergen presence and potentially perk up your health.
Clean is healthy
Diligent home hygiene is the first line of defense against dust and dander and other nastiness. Reducing their numbers makes for a healthier house and healthier you. Plan a targeted cleaning strategy and stick to it:
Vacuum carpets and large area rugs no less than once a week, and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. If the option is available, choose hardwood or similar hard surface flooring as wall-to-wall carpeting is a favorite resting place for allergens. Clean bedding, drapes, and other fabric regularly as well; and don’t let clutter accumulate to become dust traps.
Change the filters
Forced air heating systems have filters that must be changed on a regular basis to ensure they do their job trapping airborne particles instead of letting them loose into the house. Cleaning the ducts is also a wise decision to remove dust build-up.
Don’t start an indoor garden
Indoor plants are great for sprucing up a home’s interior but they can also collect dust and inspire mold growth. This is especially bad if anyone in the house has allergies. Plants do release oxygen but too many of them just create unneeded problems.
Purify the air
In some scenarios of family allergies or multiple pets, air purifiers can be a great help. Ionic purifiers placed in busy areas of the home can capture airborne irritants that trigger symptoms and while it is virtually impossible to remove all allergens, purifiers are very effective. Another excellent air purification strategy, of course, is simply opening windows. Let some of that fresh air inside once in a while. A burst of exhilarating winter air does a body good.