If you have ever wondered how to improve your in-door air quality, then read on. The subject of indoor air pollution is a big one. The reason being that most homes remain sealed up for much of the time, no matter how much effort is taken to keep them open. Even if a window is opened, the house is not often ventilated properly and can end up trapping in harmful pollutants and contaminants. We will discuss some simple steps that you can take to ensure that your home or office breathes easy and stays healthy.
The most important step to improving indoor air quality is to remove the accumulated dirt and other pollutants from the air. You can accomplish this by simply taking a vacuum cleaner and running it over every surface in the home, particularly those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. You may also choose to purchase a HEPA air filter, which are filtering systems specifically made to trap tiny particles in the air. You can find these filters at any hardware store or by searching the internet.
If your walls are looking dull, dusty, or just a little dirty, it may be time to sweep and mopping the floors and baseboards. Dust can get built-up in every nook and cranny of the house and if left unmaintained can get quite volatile. By taking the initiative to sweep and mop, you will be making your air quality much better than it currently is. The best time to do this is in the late evening, when the sun has already gone down and the streets are fairly empty. When you clean up after yourself, you’ll be leaving very clear and fresh air to breathe.
Even if you don’t have the time or energy to perform regular sweeping and mops, there are some simple and inexpensive solutions that will be just as effective. For example, baking soda is very effective at removing dirt and grime from flooring, as well as other surfaces in the home. The best way to mix it with water is to put a pan of hot water on the countertop, and then drop in the baking soda. Allow it to sit for about five minutes before scrubbing it off with a sponge or a broom.
If your air quality in the home is bad, it is important to start immediately to improve it. One of the simplest things that you can do is to ventilate your home more often. A lot of people don’t realize how much stagnant air is in the home. Think about how much time you spend in front of the TV or computer, and then consider how many hours you are spending in front of the toilet or bathroom, too. It’s not a huge amount of time, but it adds up over time. Adding an additional vent to each room in the house will greatly improve indoor air quality.
In addition, make sure to clean up after yourself. This may sound silly, but really, what we’ve learned from watching television is that it isn’t rocket science to start doing things right after you have finished doing them. I know my family goes through my garage after Thanksgiving each year, and I can’t wait until spring to get those door handles cleaned. It really doesn’t get any easier than that. And believe me, if you do it right, you won’t regret it!