5 Top Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Did you know that more than 41% of U.S. citizens live in counties with harmful levels of ozone or particle pollution? You may live in one of these areas and have concerns about outdoor air pollution affecting your livelihood. However, indoor air quality can be even more significant than outdoor air pollution. Since indoor pollution can cause health problems, such as dizziness, headaches, and eye irritation, it is necessary to take control of your surroundings. Thankfully, you can improve your home’s indoor air quality on your own

  1. Check the air quality.

Testing your air for harmful contaminants, such as mold, lead, carbon monoxide, radon, and asbestos, is the only way to identify problems inside your home. Since these chemicals are odorless and tasteless, they could go undetected for years. To test your air quality, purchase an individual testing kit and measuring device from your local hardware to check for any of these contaminants, or contact an EPA-certified professional to take samples inside of your home for you.

  1. Deep clean your home.

Schedule an evening or weekend to deep clean your home. By giving your home a thorough dusting and cleaning, you can eliminate the risk of breathing in harmful chemicals, such as phenols and phthalates. To minimize the amount of dust in your home, start scheduling routine deep cleans; wipe ceilings fans, door frames, mop and vacuum the floors, and regularly wash your bedding and curtains. Your indoor air quality will significantly improve by eliminating all of that dust and grime!

  1. Open your windows

If you live in a busy city with high amounts of outdoor air pollution, you may wonder how opening your windows would improve your indoor air quality. However, natural ventilation allows your space to air out and properly circulate. Also, opening your windows allows harmful chemicals found in  household cleaners and paint to release from your space.

  1. Buy air-filtering plants.

Having plants in the home is great for many reasons. Plants can enhance mood and motivation by bringing positive energy into a space. According to NASA, some plants can even remove chemicals, such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from the air. Liven up your house and your air quality by adding a nice Spider Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, or Boston Fern to your household.

  1. Maintain your HVAC.

It is necessary to service your air conditioner to prevent poor air quality in your home. Running your A/C circulates the air and reduces humidity to prevent mold. However, debris, dirt, and dust can easily build up in an HVAC system, so make sure to maintain your system by periodically changing the filter every three months. If you have a pet, try to do this every two months. If you don’t have an HVAC system, you can use an air purifier and/or dehumidifier to pull moisture from any room while also keeping the air nice and clean.

A healthy home is a happy home, and a healthy you is a happy you! VelaPoint Insurance keeps your health a top priority by helping you find the best health coverage to meet your lifestyle. By improving the air quality in your home, you’ve improved your personal health already. After following our indoor air quality improvement guide, contact a licensed VelaPoint Insurance agent at 855-652-3171 to find a quality health insurance plan today.