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We tend to think of air pollution as an outdoor issue - smog, haze, ozone. But the air quality in your homes and office buildings could be more polluted than the air outside. Some pollutants are tracked indoors through various mediums such as clothing. New furniture, cleaning products and paint can also have a negative effect on the air quality. Here are some simple steps to improve your indoor air quality.

Keep your floors fresh

Keep your floors fresh

Keep your floors clean from contaminates as frequently as possible. Vacuuming your house once a week can help reduce dust mites and household dust. Vacuum the areas of high traffic multiple times. Remember to replace and wash your vacuum filters regularity. 

After vacuuming, make sure you mop the floors to capture any dust or allergens that the vacuum left behind. Make sure you use microfiber clothes to wipe down the areas that the vacuum couldn’t reach.

Keep a healthy level of humidity 

Dust mites and mold thrive in environments of moisture. Make sure you keep humidity levels around 30%-50% to keep allergens under control. A dehumidifier or air conditioner will help reduce moisture indoors and control allergens. Ensure that you frequently empty drip pans from the dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Make sure not to overwater house plants as the excess water can add to the humidity level. Fix leaky plumbing to prevent and mold from developing in damp and dark areas.

Use natural products

Natural Lemon

Avoid using products from artificially created scents, such as kitchen cleaners or air fresheners. Air freshers can omit different VOC chemicals which can omit different chemical gases. When purchasing cleaning products look for naturally scented or fragrance-free products. Avoid using hair sprays, deodorants and air fresheners as they contribute VOCs to your indoor environment. Lemons and baking soda can be used for a clean scent in your kitchen. Be sure to include plants in your house as they can absorb certain chemicals and improve the oxygen quality.

Written by Joseph Leung — May 14, 2014

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