5 Tips For Improving Air Quality In Your Home

Dated: January 11 2022

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5 Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Home

5 Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Home

For many homeowners who experience allergies, frequent ailments, or who have pets, air quality is something that should be at the top of the list when it comes to making improvements in your home.

When it comes to indoor air pollution, the source of the problem can come from a variety of things, including improperly stored cleaning supplies, pet dander buildup, dust, mold from moisture intrusion (think leaky roofs, plumbing, and windows), and lack of ventilation.

According to the EPA, indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Side effects of indoor air pollution can include fatigue, dizziness, coughing, runny nose, repeated sinus infections and so much more.

If you’ve been worrying about the quality of the air in your home or just want to keep things clean and fresh in your home, check out our top 5 tips for improving air quality in your home below:

  • Open Up Your Windows- Poor home ventilation can lead to trapped pollution and dust in your home. Aside from times when pollen counts are high or rain is in the forecast, take the time to open up the windows in your home to circulate fresh air at least once a week. This is also a great time to clean the windowsills around your home to keep them free of dust and debris buildup.

*Pro Tip- Be sure to check the seals around your windows for moisture leaks periodically to keep mold from growing in your home. The average window may need to be re-sealed with new caulking every 5 years!

5 Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Home

  • Add Some Houseplants- Adding some potted plants to your home is a simple and natural way to purify the air. They can increase oxygen levels in your home and add a bit of new décor too! Some of the best plants to add to the inside of a home to improve air quality include peace lilies, pothos plants, English ivy, philodendron, Ficus trees, and bamboo palms.  

  • Check Your Air Filters- This may seem like a ‘no-brainer’ but many people simply forget to check their air filters (we won’t judge if this just reminded you to change them!). Most air filters should be replaced every 60 days or so, though this can vary depending on the type of air filter you use in your home. A/C air filters aren’t the only ones you should be checking- be sure to check the filters on your vacuum as well and if you can, buy a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter.

*Pro Tip- Set up air filter delivery on a service such as Amazon’s ‘Subscribe and Save’ so new ones are delivered to your door every 60 days. The delivery is the simplest reminder to change your filters throughout the year!

5 Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Home

  • Invest in a Dehumidifier- Moisture buildup in your home is never a good thing for your health. It can lead to mildew growth, it feeds mold, attracts bugs (termites LOVE moisture), and grows bacteria. If you live in a humid area (aka Florida), adding a dehumidifier to your home will not only make you more comfortable during the hotter summer months, but also improve air quality. Dehumidifiers come in all shapes and sizes. For best results, you might even want to look into adding a humidistat to your home HVAC system

  • Examine Your Air Ducts- Keeping air ducts clean is an important step when it comes to preserving the quality of air in your home. Common signs that your air ducts need cleaning include visible dust that settles frequently after cleaning in your home, increases in allergy flair ups, air filters that clog in between changes, poor airflow in the house. There are a TON of companies that offer air duct cleaning out there...be sure to use one that has good reviews and is licensed and insured to avoid scammers.

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Andrea Hartmann

Andrea is the Managing Partner of The Sandy Hartmann Group and runs the team alongside Sandy Hartmann. She would love to talk to you about real estate! Andrea was born and raised in the Tampa Bay a....

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