You have probably heard it before: indoor air pollution is so many times worse than outdoor air pollution. The thing is, this is not always true, as it changes from building to building and structure to structure. As a homeowner, there is a lot you can do to keep the air quality in your home as clean as possible so that everyone literally breathes easy.
The first thing you should do is check the filters of your HVAC system. Each home usually has at least one, but there might be others. Fortunately, replacements are cheap at hardware and home improvement stores, and they are super easy to replace. If you rent, you can probably have this done for free. Also remember to change these every three to six months.
A second thing you need to do is dust and vacuum your home thoroughly. In fact, you might even want to call in a professional carpet cleaner. Much of the air pollution you are trying to avoid is stuff that is sitting comfortably for a long time in the fibers of your carpets and rugs. For that matter, you should consider having your furniture cleaned, and clean any and all bedding, including pillows and bedding in guest rooms that has not seen use lately.
After all this, contact a professional for a price quote on getting your HVAC system and ductwork cleaned out. Talk to at least three to find the best prices and services available. This step alone might make the most dramatic difference in your home’s air quality, but don’t rely on it alone to skip the other steps.
Start having people wipe their feet before coming into your home or even taking off their shoes before entering. Also consider getting air purification devices with HEPA filtration to add to rooms of the greatest concern. Dehumidifiers in bathrooms work wonders too.