Did you know that the air quality in your own home can potentially be more polluted than the air quality outdoors? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is true even in the biggest of cities. Sears Clean understands the importance of keeping your home a healthy and safe place for you and your family. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take in order to improve your home’s indoor air quality and ensure that your home remains clean of air pollution and the potential carbon monoxide threat.
Even during the winter months, it is a good idea to open your windows and let in some fresh air for a few minutes every day. It is important to ensure that there is a healthy amount of humidity in your home because dust mites and mold love to grow in damp areas. It is recommended to keep humidity between 30 to 50 percent. Turning on the exhaust fan while showering, cooking, and running the dishwasher can help prevent this moisture from becoming too strong in your home. You should also double check that all of the plumbing in your home is working properly in order to help prevent further issues.
Regularly cleaning out and checking all of the different filters in your home can also improve your home’s indoor air quality. The air conditioning and heating system is especially important to keep clean, but you should also check your air conditioner and vacuum cleaner filters. Taking a few minutes to do this has the power to significantly improve your indoor air quality.
While you may be attracted to synthetic air fresheners and home cleaners, these can actually do more harm than good to your home. Switch to natural air fresheners or try beeswax candles to create a safe, fresh scent within your home. These products will not emit dangerous chemicals and are much healthier for you and your family.
You should also be sure to regularly groom your pets and to clean up the pet dander that inevitably spreads all over your home. We know you love your pets, but you don’t want their hair and dander floating all over your home. During the winter months, your pet most likely spends more time indoors and you, therefore, should be particularly observant of pet dander during those months of the year.
Large pieces of fabric can also emit chemicals into the air. Regularly wash all bedding with hot water and occasionally try to wash curtains, drapery, and fabric shower curtains as well.
Another indoor air pollutant causing havoc in your HVAC system is tobacco smoke. Lung cancer is only one consequence to smoking cigarettes inside your home. Smoke leads to indoor air pollution and poor indoor air quality. This can cause health issues not only for yourself but your family as well. Tobacco smoke also stains your walls, carpets, and furniture, which allows pollutants to linger in your home and lead to long-term family health issues.
Apart from following these steps on your own, it is also beneficial to get your home professionally cleaned. Sears Clean offers a wide variety of cleaning services that will help your air quality such as carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and air duct cleaning. Sometimes letting the professionals take care of the hard stuff is the best answer.
Maintaining your home as a safe, clean environment is important, and luckily there are easy steps that you can take to improve your home’s air quality. Take an extra few minutes to follow these steps to prevent indoor air pollution and you will quickly notice a difference in your home. In the mood to add even more freshness to your home? Purchase an air-filtering plant such as an English ivy or a chrysanthemum! These will convert carbon dioxide inside your home into fresh oxygen!