Indoor air pollution negatively affects all people, especially those with allergies and respiratory issues. Cold and hot weather keeps people from opening their doors and windows, reducing the amount of fresh air that cycles into the home. Indoor pollutants like mold spores and dust stay inside the building. Here are some tips for improving indoor air quality at home.

6 Ways to Enhance Indoor Air Quality

Reduce Clutter

To improve indoor air quality, it helps to keep your home tidy and clutter-free. More open space in a room makes it easier to keep clean. Clutter harbors dust buildup and can serve as a place for mold to grow unnoticed.

Effective Cleaning Strategies Help Indoor Air Quality

A cleaning schedule will help you stay on top of your chores while reducing dust and limiting indoor air pollutants. Be sure to:

    • Wipe down surfaces frequently.
    • Use a HEPA filter vacuum to vacuum your carpet at least 2-3 times per week.
    • Wash curtains and bedding once a week.

Buy Dehumidifiers

A basement that is damp and subject to leaks is problematic. Mold can grow and cause indoor air pollution throughout the house. To prevent mold, fix any leaks and seal the foundation. Dehumidifiers will improve indoor air quality by pulling excess moisture from the air. Place a dehumidifier in any rooms that have humidity levels of 50% or higher.

Air purifiers help pull contaminants out of the air, however, some air purifiers do a better job than others. When selecting an air purifier, choose one with a HEPA filter and carbon filtration. The carbon filtration will help remove odors and organic compounds from the air, including harmful VOCs.

Get Rid of Carpet

Carpets capture allergens and can be a breeding ground for mold. They attract dust, pet dander, and odors. To improve the indoor air quality in your home, replace carpets with laminate or hardwood flooring options.

Filter Maintenance

Your HVAC system helps improve indoor air quality by filtering the air. To ensure your system does this efficiently, be sure to change your air filter regularly. Failure to do this maintenance results in airborne pollutants recirculating throughout your home.

Also, make sure to change your air purifier’s filter every few months. Most models will inform you when it’s time to change the filter, so you’ll get a reminder to complete this task.

Install Exhaust Fans to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are essential when dealing with air pollutants in the home. A kitchen exhaust fan helps get rid of cooking smells, smoke, and odors that linger in the air. A bathroom exhaust fan removes damp air that causes mold growth. Both types of exhaust fans work to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Libra Inspections offers home inspection services, including mold testing, to all of Central Illinois. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.