When you think of air pollution, you may think of a big city with factories and traffic jams. However, the air inside our homes can be just as polluted. Because modern homes are so well-sealed, contaminants that find their way indoors tend to linger and accumulate. Let’s take a look at a few ways to improve indoor air quality and make your home healthier.

Keep a Clean Home to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Vacuuming and dusting are an important part of your regular cleaning routine. Pet dander, dust, fur, and pollen can become trapped in the fibers of the carpet. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove these irritants from your home.

Contaminants in your home’s air will settle on furniture and countertops. Dust your home at least twice a week, using a microfiber cloth. Microfiber effectively traps particles that could lead to sneezing, itchy eyes, and other allergy-like symptoms.

Change the HVAC Filter

Your heating and cooling system has a filter that traps contaminants as they flow through your system. Change your HVAC filter monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer. Your system will run more efficiently and you’ll improve air quality in your home.

Buy a Few Houseplants

A study by NASA showed that some houseplants have the ability to filter contaminants from the air we breathe. Some of the best plants for cleaning indoor air are pothos, peace lily, philodendron, spider plant, and the Boston fern. Learn how to care for your houseplants and take care to not overwater them. Too much water creates an environment conducive to mold growth.

Use a Purifier to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you or a family member suffers from allergies, purchase an air purifier. These machines have filters that trap irritants like dust, mold, pet dander, and pollen. Air purifiers are sold by the size of the room they can filter. Shop for one that is the right size for your space.

Repair Leaks

Water leaks not only waste money but they also cause property damage and mold growth. Save water and improve the air quality in your home by repairing dripping faucets or leaking pipes. Make sure to regularly inspect your roof. If shingles become cracked or broken, or if flashings rust, the roof can begin to leak, causing damage that leads to poor air quality in your home.

Five Stars Home Inspection provides inspection services to the Greater Boston area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.