Summer is coming to an end and Fall is quickly approaching. Soon we’ll be putting on sweaters, sipping hot beverages, and raking up way too many leaves. We can almost smell the pumpkin spice! As temperatures cool, the team at Stuart Pro starts to think about indoor air quality.
Did you know that the air inside your home or office can be more polluted than the air outside?
Modern homes are far more airtight than houses in the past. Meaning, when we shut our windows to keep cold air out, we’re also keeping in dust mites, chemicals from household cleaners, radon, etc. As our homes have become more energy efficient, they’ve also become a haven for allergens. During the winter when we are indoors more, this is of particular concern.
Indoor air pollution worsens asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues. It can also irritate the throat, eyes, nose, and lungs. Dreading cold and flu season? Improving the air quality in your home can help reduce the chances of getting sick, and if you do fall ill, symptoms tend to be less severe in a home or business with good air quality.
The good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve the air quality in your home or business.
Change your air filter once a month.
Air filters are the first line of defense for keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Be sure to replace your filters once a month. Make sure to review our Air Filter Video.
Open the windows!
There are many weeks in the year where it is impossible to let fresh air in for any length of time. So you must strike quickly when an opportunity presents itself. If an unseasonably warm December day or cool June afternoon arrives, open the windows for as long as the weather permits.
Make your home a shoe-free zone.
It is amazing how many pollutants and allergens we track into our homes on our shoes. Remove your shoes at the door. You can designate indoor-only shoes, put on cozy slippers in the winter, and go barefoot in the summer! And be sure to have doormats placed at all of the entrances to your home. Pollutants will end up on the mat and not in your living space.
Bring some green indoors.
Plants are not only lovely to look at, but they can improve the air quality in your home. Some common, easy-to-care-for plants that will improve indoor air quality include: rubber plant, aloe vera, English ivy, Boston fern, peace lily, and spider plant.
More Tips on Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
• Say no to smoking indoors!
• Choose natural perfume-free cleaning supplies to keep your home beautiful. Synthetic cleaners introduce more chemicals into your home.
• If you must dry-clean your clothes, store them in a closet separate from your other clothes. If you can, find a little-used place in your home – such as the basement or garage – and store your dry-cleaned clothes there. If possible, remove your dry cleaning from the plastic bag and air them out before bringing them into your home.
Test your home for radon
• Be sure your gas stove or wood-burning fireplace is well ventilated
• Isn’t it time to redecorate? Get rid of your chemical-laden carpet and replace with wood or tile flooring
• Toss clutter and dust and vacuum often, using a HEPA filter
• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water
• Avoid using all aerosol sprays
Whew! That was a lot to take in, but the good news is that doing a little goes a long way. Open a window, buy a spider plant, and take your shoes off at the front door. You’ll be breathing clean, healthier air in no time.