Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Clean regularly and thoroughly
Vacuum weekly (more often in high-traffic areas) and make sure your vacuum comes with a HEPA filter. Don’t forget to vacuum upholstery. Dust with a damp cloth to avoid spreading allergens through the air, and don’t neglect hidden or hard-to-reach areas.
Really give your home a thorough once-over with the feather duster. Try to remove as much dust as you can, rather than spreading it around. Don’t be afraid to use multiple dusters!
Bathe your pet regularly
Your pets will probably spend more time indoors as the weather cools. However, bathing your pet once (or twice!) a week removes dander and outdoor pollutants. Make sure you use a pet-friendly shampoo, and that you use only warm (not hot!) water to avoid leaving your pet with itchy skin. Also wash the bedding and don’t neglect to change the litter box.
Get rid of artificial fresheners
Artificial air fresheners contain chemicals that make your air quality worse, not better. At best, they merely mask poor air quality, and at worst they could be contributing to ill health in your home. Instead, use natural alternatives such as diffusers or vaporizers combined with pure essential oils.
Bring in fresh air
If you don’t have allergies, try opening the windows—even in winter! Just 10 minutes will bring in a lot of fresh air. (Remember to close your air vents and turn off the heat first!) If you or someone in your household does have allergies, use HEPA air filters in bedrooms to improve air quality while you sleep. And don’t forget to turn on the fan when you cook to avoid spreading grease and smoke through the house.
Bring in some house plants
Plants are nature’s air filters, so why not put them to use for you? Apart from being decorative, they can significantly reduce pollutants in your home leading to better air quality. NASA even ran experiments and discovered that English Ivy is the number one air-filtering houseplant.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned Professionally
Your HVAC system is designed to circulate air throughout your home, but any dust, dirt, or other particulate in your ductwork get blown about as well. You’d be surprised at what can build up in your air ducts: mold, mildew, pet dander, dust mites, pollen… Early fall is a great time to do an annual cleaning of your air ducts. Clean out the summer pollen and enjoy the benefits of clean air throughout the indoor months. A professional cleaning using a truck-mounted vacuum system is the best way to clean every square inch of your ductwork system. To get your air ducts cleaned before the cold weather sets in, contact us today.
Don’t idle your car in the garage
Your car, lawnmower, snow blower, and other motorized equipment give off carbon monoxide, which can leak into your home if left to build up in your garage. Try to run them outside only.
Deep clean your upholstery and carpet
Allergens love to hide in the fibers of your carpet and the fabric of your furniture, becoming airborne as they are disturbed. Even a light vacuuming can help remove allergens on the surface. Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter, after all! To get a deep and complete cleaning, a professional truck-mounted extraction system will give the most thorough cleaning and remove as many allergens as possible.
Clean out your dryer vent
Gases from your dryer, if not vented properly, can build up and enter your home’s air. Get your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to prevent lint and other debris from blocking it up.
Change your furnace filter regularly
Your furnace filter is your first line of defense against airborne particulate. There are even special allergen-specific filters you can get for even better allergy relief.
Contact Our Experts at Modernsitic
Ensuring clean and healthy air quality in your home is an essential step toward creating a safe and comfortable living environment for you and your loved ones. By following the tips and guidelines mentioned in this blog, you can significantly improve the air quality within your home. However, for a more thorough and professional solution, don't hesitate to reach out to Modernistic, a trusted Michigan-based cleaning company. Our dedicated team specializes in air duct cleaning, guaranteeing that your home's ventilation system is operating at its best. Take the first step towards a cleaner, healthier home today, and contact Modernistic for your next air duct cleaning. Breathe easy and enjoy the benefits of cleaner air – you deserve it!