5 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Many of us spend a lot of time inside our homes, so indoor air quality is important. The air inside our homes can be affected by various pollutants, including dust, mould spores, smoke and combustion products, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a large group of chemicals that are found in many products we use to build and maintain our homes. Once these chemicals are in our homes, they are released or “off-gas” into the indoor air we breathe.

These 5 tips to improve indoor air quality are useful to know about, whether there is a pandemic going on or not – check to see how many you can implement.

1. Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible. Open windows and doors as much as you can, if it’s safe to do so.

2. Use your home’s HVAC system – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning – properly. To do this ensure you change the filter as instructed (usually, at least every three months) and set the fan to “on” instead of “auto” when visitors come over.

3. If you don’t have an HVAC filter, consider using a portable HEPA – high efficiency particulate air – filter. Here is a recent review of the best air purifiers in Australia.

4. Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, especially when you have visitors.

5. Use fans – ceiling fans are excellent, but you can also use floor or table fans – just be sure to point them toward an open window if possible and not toward people.

Finally, let’s not forget the importance of indoor plants like Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Bamboo Palm and others to clean up indoor air. You can Read more here.

Sources for this article include:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/default.html

https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/indoor-air-and-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.awe.gov.au/environment/protection/air-quality/indoor-air

https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/ambient-air-quality/topic/indoor-air-quality-2

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