LIFESTYLE: Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

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Did you know that the air quality in your home or office can be worse than outside? Many people don't know what they're breathing is making them sick. Air pollution levels are much higher indoors, and many pollutants are created by our own activities. In this blog post, we'll discuss how you can improve indoor air quality so that you and everyone else at your house or office have a healthier place to work!

invest in indoor plants

The plants in your house or office can help filter the air and improve its quality. Plants are great natural filters, so they'll remove some of those bad chemicals from the air! You may want to invest in some plants for your home if you don't already have any. 

You may be wondering, what are the best indoor plants for air quality? This is a bit difficult to answer because there's such a wide variety! You should just go and explore your local grocery store or plant nursery. With so many options, you're sure to find the perfect one soon enough if you don't know where to start. However, some popular choices include spider plants , bamboo palms, and English ivy.

control air humidity

Humidity is another important factor in air quality. When the humidity level rises, it can make allergies and asthma much worse. You may be able to control your local climate by opening or closing vents for a more even-temperature throughout the day. Or you could go with an electric humidifier if that's not possible!

You should also pay attention to how often you're running your heating unit--the heat will increase moisture levels indoors which makes things worse...especially on really dry days when there are no plants around to filter out some of those chemicals too! In addition, try not showering right before bed because doing so means extra water vapor being released into the bedroom overnight where our bodies breathe them faster than they would otherwise.

invest in cooking vents

Cooking is a major source of pollution indoors. If you're cooking inside, make sure to invest in some high-quality cooking vent filters so that all the chemicals don't linger around and get into your air!

The best type of filter will depend on what you use for fuel--whether it's electric or gas. You may need different filters depending on how often you cook.So before buying anything do research about what type of cooker you have at home/office because this will affect which kind of filter would suit your needs best...and then you can find out more about the different types of filters available on the market.

keep rugs and carpets clean

The last thing to discuss is keeping your carpets and rugs clean. This can be difficult because you may not know what type of material it is--but as long as it's not a natural fiber, then you should put some effort into getting those allergens out!

Carpet cleaning services are great for this--they have the right equipment that will make sure all the dust and pet dander doesn't get back inside the carpet when they're done. Although if your home has wool or silk carpets, then you'll need to use something like an air purifier instead (or vacuum them yourself). There are also certain types of flooring which come with pre-installed anti-allergen features too so make sure to look into that!

maintain a clean home

Moreover, make sure you maintain a clean home. It's important to keep your house and/or office as sanitary as possible so that the air quality is better! Make sure you stay on top of things like vacuuming regularly and wiping down surfaces with anti-microbial wipes once in a while--it'll help minimize those bad chemicals from lingering around for too long which means less respiratory problems and other such health effects later on.

In addition, try not to smoke inside or use toxic products because they will only add to the issues we're discussing here. Better yet, buy an air purifier or two if it can't be helped--they should filter out most of the dangerous toxins before they get into your lungs.

check air ducts

You should check your air ducts. If they're dirty then that can lead to increased levels of allergens which will make things worse if you have allergies and asthma! You may want to hire a professional service or clean them yourself--you just need the right tools for this (a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment is good enough) so don't feel intimidated by it. Either way, removing dust from those ducts is an important step in combating indoor air pollution!

change HVAC filters regularly

Make sure you change HVAC filters regularly. If the air inside your home or office is stagnant then that will make it harder for those chemicals to get out--and as a result more of them will stay indoors which means they'll be breathed in by everyone!

For example, if you're not changing your filter every month then the dust and allergens from outside will build up over time until there's too much left to breathe; but on top of this, the heated indoor air only exacerbates things because it speeds up chemical reactions so everything gets worse faster than before. This type of filter should be replaced at least once per season (every four months) so take some time each weekend and check whether yours needs to be changed or not.

let in fresh air

Furthermore, let in fresh air. This is one of the most important things you can do to improve your home's or office's indoor air quality--just make sure it bypasses any filters so as not to add more allergens into the mix!

For example, if you live near a busy street then try and open up windows every once in awhile; but for those who have allergies, just don't take risks because there are other ways to get that fresh outdoor air without opening them too much (for instance with an AirScrubber). If this isn't possible then aim for at least 15 minutes per day where these doors/windows are opened wide enough for some fresh air inside--it'll help freshen up your house and remove any stale odors.

Avoid odors

Additionally, you should avoid odors. One of the worst things to do for indoor air quality is smoke inside because it has been proven that breathing in second hand cigarette smoke can be just as bad (if not worse) than smoking a cigarette yourself! Luckily there are ways around this--such as getting an air purifier or simply using another room when someone is smoking indoors which will decrease your exposure levels and make them more bearable.

Furthermore, try not to use strong-smelling cleaners or chemicals so they don't give off those toxic fumes into the surrounding area; but if you must then open up windows afterwards so fresh outdoor air can get inside too. And lastly, remember that candles have their own risks since some of them are made of paraffin which can lead to increased levels of benzene.

regularly clean the pets

You should also regularly clean your pets. There's a lot of fur to dust and the air in homes with multiple furry creatures can sometimes be bad for our health; but more importantly, you'll need that pet hair removed too because it gets deep into fabrics which means allergens will grow from there!

This is one reason why I recommend using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment--that way any loose animal hairs (which may have accumulated over time) are easily sucked away so they don't make things worse by releasing allergy-causing proteins. And if you're not sure how often this needs done then just think about what type(s) of animals live inside: do cats shed every day? Do dogs require a bath every few weeks? Then you'll want to do the same with your own pets.

In conclusion, this post has covered how to improve your indoor air quality by swapping out HVAC filters regularly, opening up doors/windows for 15 minutes per day and avoiding strong odours. This is important because the more you know about improving IAQ then the better off you'll be--so make sure these steps are followed as closely as possible!

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