7 Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Posted on: 24 August 2018

Poor air quality in your home or office can make it hard to stay focused, and it can increase allergies, exacerbate breathing conditions or lead to other issues. Luckily, there are lots of big and little things you can do to improve your indoor air quality. Take a look at these tips.

1. Install a Commercial Air Filter

You can hook a commercial air filter to your HVAC system, or you can put in freestanding air filtration systems. These systems can also help to improve the quality of air in your home so that you can breathe more easily.

2. Get Plants

Plants naturally filter the air on the earth, and they can also help to filter the air in your home or office as well. All plants can help, but in particular, you may want to look for palms, rubber plants and philodendrons which are known to be especially effective at cleaning the air.

3. Replace Your Carpet

Rather than just cleaning your air, you should think about where the allergens are being harbored. Old carpet is renowned for holding onto dirt, dust mites, old bug carcasses, and other elements that you don't necessarily want to be inhaling. If your carpet is old, consider replacing it.

4. Clean More

If replacing your carpet is not an option, you may want to try a vacuum with a HEPA filter attached to it. You may also want to clean more in general. You don't necessarily want to add a lot of cleaning chemicals as they can have their own effect on your air quality. Instead, you just want to dust more with a damp cloth and vacuum with a filter.

5. Switch to Ductless Heating or Cooling

In a lot of cases, dust and allergens build up in the ductwork of your system. Then, when you turn on your heating or cooling, those elements blow into your work or living space. To stop this cycle, you may want to switch to ductless heating and cooling.

6. Open Windows Carefully

In a lot of cases, outdoor air is cleaner than indoor air, but you want to make sure of that fact before you start opening the windows. If there are bushfires burning nearby or if you're in an urban area with a lot of pollution, you may need to keep your windows closed. You can look up local air quality to see which decision is right for your situation.

7. Consult With an Air Quality Specialist

To get more tips and ideas, consult with an air quality specialist. They can help you find ways to filter your air, but they can also figure out where you're getting allergens from and help you avoid them.

For more information, contact your local air quality services.