4 Ways to Help Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home
Have you noticed your family’s been coughing and sneezing more than usual inside your home? Perhaps your eyes, nose, and throat have been irritated lately? Before pointing fingers at outdoor allergens or your dog, it might be worth considering whether your indoor air quality is to blame. Often, the amount of dust, dirt, and debris that accumulates in the home is the culprit.
Fortunately for you and your family, there are a few simple things you can do to vastly improve the indoor air quality in your home, none of which are very expensive or time consuming. Consider these four things you can do today:
1. Add Indoor Plants
There are several plants available that can help purify the air in your home and add an attractive and fresh touch to your space. Some of these include the spider plant, dracaena, ficus, and bamboo palm. All of these can be grown indoors, and help with the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, the Purple Waffle plant is the most efficient when it comes to the removal of VOCs, and therefore another great option for your home.
2. Remove Shoes at the Door
Wearing shoes inside your home is one of the easiest ways to transfer bacteria and toxins on your shoes into your space and contaminate home floors. But the solution is simple—leave your shoes outside. This will help minimize the amount of impurities from the outdoors that get tracked inside.
3. Manage Humidity Levels
Keep your home’s humidity levels under 50 percent. Anything above this allows mold and mildew to easily form and contaminate the air. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during summer months, and a humidifier during winter months if needed. As a side note, consistent humidity levels can also help maintain the health of your indoor plants.
4. Consider Tile
Carpet can hold onto allergens, pet dander, mold, dust, and dirt. All of these, when trapped in the fibers of the carpet, may adversely affect the air quality in your home. Conversely, tile does not have the fibers that hold these contaminants, and can be swept clean.
If you’re looking to install tiles yourself, TEC Skill Set offers a comprehensive line of tile installation products, available for purchase at your local Lowe’s.
Start today and incorporate these simple strategies into your daily routine and opt for products that can facilitate healthy living. They are quick ways to help improve your indoor air quality.