As Americans, we spend about 90% of our time indoors. Yes, 90%. That means that we’re almost always breathing indoor air – and many times, it’s dirtier than the air outside. Indoor air can carry pollutants like mold, mildew spores, dust, pollen, dirt, dander, tobacco smoke, and more – all of which can affect your health and worsen illnesses like asthma or bronchitis.
Our duct cleaning experts are here to offer some simple ways you can reduce your indoor air pollution and breathe better:
To prevent your family from inhaling carcinogens, smoke outdoors and as far away from your home as possible. Tobacco smoke is dangerous for your lungs and (like dirt and dust) it settles into furniture and carpets, so your family can inhale smoke long after you’re done with your cigarette.
Mold and dust mites love moisture, so keep your home’s humidity level at 30%-50% and you’ll help prevent excess allergens. A dehumidifier is a great investment for reducing humidity. You can also do simple things like open a window when cooking or running the dishwasher, and vent your clothes dryer to the outside of your home.
Dust and dirt can easily settle in your carpet, so make sure you vacuum it regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner that has at least 12 amps of power to make sure you’re getting a good clean. You can also find vacuums with an indicator that tells you when the dust and dirt have all been drawn out of the carpet.
There are several species of houseplants that naturally purify the air and filter out organic chemicals. Keep at least one plant in every room of the house and you’ll not only enjoy some live decor, but also cleaner air. Some popular choices are aloe vera plants, spider plants, weeping fig plants, azaleas, Chinese evergreens, and more.
Many homeowners don’t realize that cleaning products can have harmful chemicals (like ammonia, phosphates, bleach, chlorine, etc.) that are not only bad for the environment, but are bad to breathe in. To reduce air pollutants, look for natural cleaning products that are made from plants and have labels like “solvent-free,” “non-toxic,” and “phosphate-free.”
People can track in dirt and chemicals on their shoes, which can then settle into your carpet. Put large floor mats outside of every door for people to wipe their feet on. If you want to take it a step further, you can even have your family members and visitors take their shoes off before they come inside.
Your HVAC units have filters that trap harmful pollutants and prevent them from traveling through your home, so make sure you change your filters on a regular basis to keep your indoor air clean.
To reduce your home’s indoor air pollution even more, call our duct cleaning specialists! We’ll do a thorough job of removing dust and debris from your duct system to make sure that the air you breathe is as clean as possible.