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How To Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

The average person spends 90% of their time indoors! Healthy indoor air can make a huge difference in your overall health.

How would you rate you indoor air quality?

Take the Lung Association’s Healthy Home Tour to take closer look at different areas in you home and how they contribute to your indoor air quality. Designed to help you find out what can be harmful to you and your family, the Healthy Home Tour is the perfect tool to help you determine the quality of your air.

You can also follow these tips for improving indoor air quality:

Clean your air ducts! Air ducts can become clogged with pet hair, dust, building materials, mould, bacteria and fungal growth. Every time your heater operates, these contaminants are fed through your heating system and into the air you breathe. All forced heating systems require periodic cleaning.

Clean your floors regularly. Vacuum one – two times per week with a HEPA filter to ensure dust and debris is not blown back into the air. Finish with mopping to catch any left over debris. You can even mop with plain water or even use a microfiber mop.

Check your humidity levels. Homes with high levels of moisture in the air are more likely to have issues with mould. Controlling humidity will help you limit mould growth – consider using a hygrometer to measure humidity levels and a dehumidifier to reduce high humidity.

Avoid Chemical Pollutants. Smoking isn’t the only potential pollutant of indoor air. Harsh chemical cleaners should also be avoided, or minimized, due to their strong synthetic fragrances that emit chemicals into the air. The Lung Association recommends making your own cleaning solutions using ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water.

Improve Ventilation. Poor ventilation is a contributor to mould growth and has a huge effect on indoor air quality. Make sure you home is letting in enough fresh air while also using exhaust fans that vent to the outside. Exhaust fans that vent to the outside are incredibly important for venting moist air from your bathroom or above your stove.

Bring in Houseplants. Houseplants can help clean the air in your home by filtering out different pollutants. Check out these 15 houseplants that help improve indoor air quality via the Mother Nature Network.

Avoid Scented Candles and Air Fresheners. Commercial air fresheners can release harmful chemicals and pollutants in the air, with some even containing phthalates. Scented candles may also contain similar pollutants, with the addition of soot residues. If you can’t give up your candle or fresheners, look for a natural alternative such as essential oil diffusers or soy based candles.

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