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Take a Deep Breath: 4 Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Although we like to think of home as a healthy and safe respite from the outside world, there are typically issues that should be addressed to improve the household environment and general living conditions. One of the most important is air quality in your home. While you may not be aware of specific toxins floating around the rooms, there may be unseen air contamination that can be improved. Here are ways to remove excess dust, pet dander, and pollen tracked in from outside.

Open the Windows

In good weather with mild temperatures, open the windows to let fresh air into the house. A gentle breeze can whisk away indoor contaminants to restore better air quality. Leave the doors open if you have screen doors that allow inside air to pass outward and outside air to come inside.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Running the air conditioner can keep air circulating throughout the home to keep indoor pollutants from settling on furniture surfaces and countertops. Have your air conditioner inspected each year by a professional HVAC company to ensure it continues to work efficiently all year long. Make sure the filter is clean and usable, and replace it when needed. You can use it for brief periods of time after cleaning the house or when visitors leave to help remove lingering shoe dirt, dust, or airborne debris.

Deep-Clean Your Carpet

Many people give their carpets a thorough cleaning twice a year, typically during the spring and fall. Of course, you should deep-clean whenever you notice that the carpet needs it. Include a detailed carpet cleaning among the other cleaning and scrubbing tasks. All kinds of dirt carried in on people’s shoes can get ground into the carpet, along with pet fur and mud from paws if the dog goes outdoors. Even small insects like fleas, ticks, or ants can burrow into the carpet fibers and be hard to eliminate.

Baby accidents like a dropped soiled diaper or the contents of an upset stomach can also be challenging to completely remove. If mold grows over time, it can cause allergic reactions in those who are susceptible.

Keep Pets Well-Groomed

Brush your cat or dog often to remove loose fur, fleas or their eggs, and kitty litter sand or outdoor debris from dogs that like to dig. Keeping your pets neat and clean will help to reduce indoor allergens and keep the air clearer.

A few basic steps like these can make your home more of a haven with fresh, clean air to breathe.

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