Clean Carpets, Upholstery, and Drapes to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Fabric materials in the home collect contaminants that affect the indoor air, like dust, pollen, and dander. Clean carpets regularly to remove the dust that collects there. Mold may also start to grow in carpets if they get wet. Rent a steam cleaner occasionally to give them a thorough cleaning. Launder drapes, but check their care instructions on the tag first. Vacuum upholstery regularly and have it steam cleaned once in a while.
Prevent Hazardous Gasses in the Air
Natural gas, carbon monoxide, and radon are all examples of hazardous gasses that pose a risk to indoor air quality. Natural gas and propane have a smell. You may be able to detect a leak on your own, but it is a good idea to have a professional test for gas leaks. Carbon monoxide and radon have no odor or appearance so they are impossible to detect on your own. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home so you’ll be alerted to this deadly gas. Radon does not have immediate health effects but can cause lung cancer over time. Have your home tested for radon by a professional.
Change Filters for the AC, Furnace, and Air Purifiers
Air filters in various appliances help to remove contaminants from indoor air. However, they can only work effectively if they are replaced once they become dirty and clogged. Failing to replace filters harms indoor air quality because the pollutants trapped in the filter will re-circulate in the air. Keep track of when filters need to be replaced and do it on time.
Brush Pets Outdoors to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Households with pets struggle with indoor air quality more than others because of pet hair and dander. Preventing pets from shedding helps minimize this problem. Routinely take your pets outside and brush them. This will prevent as much fur and dander from ending up indoors.
Prevent and Eliminate Mold
The key to preventing mold is eliminating moisture. If dampness is left untreated, mold will likely start to grow. If you notice signs of mold already growing, like dark spots or musty smells, address it promptly. Clean small amounts with bleach and hire a professional to treat larger infestations. Mold spores float around in the air and can make people sick.