How to Maintain Clean Air in Your Home
Have you ever thrown open a door or window in the summer to feel the fresh, clean air waft through your house? There’s a reason why the outdoor breeze feels refreshing—it’s significantly more pure than the air in your home. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants can be 2 to 5 times more concentrated inside than out. That’s pretty concerning, considering the fact that most of us are confined indoors to avoid the coronavirus. So, to improve your family’s current environment, we’re offering a few tips to help purify the air in your house.
Don’t smoke indoors.
It seems obvious, but cigarette smoke is a major home pollutant and second-hand smoke can cause respiratory tract infections in children.
Check for deadly gases.
Install a carbon monoxide detector and test your home for radon. Both of these gases are odorless and can cause illness or even death.
Clean. A lot.
One of the best ways to keep your air clean is to keep your home clean. Use a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Air) vacuum cleaner and run it over your floors, carpets, and furniture often. You should also dust as often as possible and wash your sheets in hot water once a week to fight dust mites that cause allergies.
A simpler home is a cleaner home. If you don’t want to vacuum all the time, just get rid of carpets, drapes, plush toys, and generally, anything fuzzy that can trap chemicals, pet dander, dirt, and other undesirable particles. You should also get rid of any unnecessary clutter that collects dust.
Limit open flames.
Fireplaces and candles may make a room feel cozy, but they are terrible for air quality. Limit how many candles you burn and how often you use a wood-burning fireplace so they don’t pollute your clean air. You should also remember to keep that fireplace well-maintained.
Ventilate while cooking.
Cooking is a major source of air pollution, especially if you have a gas range. If you’re preparing food using hot temperatures or gas, open a window or ventilate your stove directly outside.
Many products—including those for hair, nails, and cleaning—contain dangerous particles called Volatile Organic Compounds, so look for items with low VOC content.
If you can follow these few tips, you’ll experience a significant change in your home’s air quality, but you can also find more comprehensive information about clean air on the EPA website.