Take action to improve your home’s air quality

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

When at home, you’re probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren’t likely doing is thinking about the air you’re breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a problem.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission points to a growing body of scientific evidence that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities. While you can’t control the allergens and pollutants lurking outside, there are many ways to take action inside the home to improve your indoor air quality.

Eliminate dust mites

Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers in hot water, at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit, to kill dust mites and remove allergens, according to the Mayo Clinic. To further prevent mites in sleeping spaces, use dust-proof or allergen-blocking covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows. If you have kids, don’t forget to wash stuffed animals regularly.

Vacuum smarter

One of the easiest things you can do to improve indoor air quality is to vacuum thoroughly and regularly on all levels. Traditional vacuums are heavy and difficult to move to different floors; furthermore, they can kick up more dust than they are removing. Due to these concerns, many homeowners are considering the benefits of central vacuum systems, which have one permanent, hidden power unit with inlets in walls throughout the home that attach to power hoses and accessories.

Freshen air wisely

Open windows aren’t always the best way to bring in fresh air. When pollen levels are high, the spores can come into a home and stick to every surface. On high-allergen days, refresh air and cool the home with fans or the air conditioner, and clean with a central vacuum to maintain high indoor air quality.

Mitigate moisture

Mold thrives in dark, damp climates, so it’s important to eliminate places for growth.

Be aware of moisture levels throughout the home. Always use the bathroom exhaust fan to inhibit moisture buildup. Fix leaky faucets as quickly as possible and stay on top of maintenance for appliances like the refrigerator and air conditioner.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.