The air we breathe can make us sick – and because many people are living with indoor air pollution and don’t even realize it, here’s what you need to know.
3 Tips for Decreasing Indoor Air Pollution in Your Michigan Home
Even if you don’t feel like your home’s indoor air is making you sick, it doesn’t hurt to take these precautions:
- Use air cleaners
- Improve your home’s ventilation
- Vacuum and sweep often
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
#1. Use Air Cleaners
Air cleaners aren’t the same things as air fresheners. (As a side note, air fresheners can be bad for you.) Air cleaners help remove particles from the air, which can improve your home’s air quality. You can find simple tabletop air cleaners or invest in a whole-house system – but as long as you choose an air cleaner with sufficient circulation and an efficient collector, you’re helping clear out particles that could be harmful to your health.
#2. Improve Your Home’s Ventilation
To improve your home’s ventilation, you typically need to bring more outside air inside your house. But most home HVAC systems just recycle the air that’s already in your home – which means you have to do things like:
- Install exhaust fans that send exhaust directly outside rather than recycling it into your home
- Use window and attic fans
- Open your windows and doors
During fall and winter in Michigan, it can be pretty tough getting outside air in – it’s just too cold outside. You might try cracking your windows from time to time, just for a few minutes, to circulate air from outside. If you do this, you can either push indoor air out with a fan or open two windows across from each other to create a cross-breeze.
#3. Vacuum and Sweep Often
Dander doesn’t just come from pets – it comes from humans, too. You need to sweep and vacuum every other day to minimize the risk of inhaling dander, which can cause allergies or increase the number of dust mites in your home.
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