- On June 21, 2017
Did you know the dust mites, volatile organic compounds, mold, mildew and formaldehyde, etc. might be making the indoor air quality poorer than what you breathe outdoors? With the scorching heat of sun outside, we all prefer to stay indoors with our air conditioners on. But for air conditioners to work properly, the doors and windows need to be shut tightly. While it does allow effective cooling, it also hinders the circulation of fresh air in your home. Indoor pollutants along with little to no access to fresh air can drastically affect the quality of air you breathe all day long. In this post, we will share some tried and tested DIY tips that will help keep quality of indoor air crisp and clean.
Bring the outdoors in
Add some beautiful houseplants to clean the indoor air and refresh your interiors. Plants will help filter the airborne pollutants and other harmful chemicals from the air inside your home. Some of the highly recommended houseplants for purifying indoor air are bamboo palm, English Ivy, pot mum and gerbera daisy. Having a couple of these ornamental blooms around will ensure clean air and healthier home.
Regularly cleaning the floors, dusting and mopping helps reduce pollutants and other allergens in the air. Make sure you vacuum your furniture, rugs, curtains and carpets at least once every week as they may be housing dust and other harmful bacteria. Similarly, pay attention to your kitchen and bathroom cleaning as well and use natural cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, etc. instead of synthetic home cleaners so that no new chemicals are introduced in the air.
Clean or Change Filters
The filters of your air conditioners must be cleaned regularly and changed periodically. Your AC’s instruction manual can give you a better idea on how frequently you should be cleaning the filters and when is it time for air conditioning maintenance and filter change. If possible, get High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters installed for better air quality. You can call aircon servicing Singapore to check your filters.
Pay attention to ventilation
Open your windows to let in the fresh air as much as possible. Recirculation the indoor air with the fresh air from outside is the best way to improve the indoor air quality. If you are cooking, make sure you turn on the exhaust fan so the noxious fumes from gas dissipate from your kitchen. Similarly, use spot ventilation system for enclosed and wet areas in your home. On those pleasant days when heat from the sun is tolerable, make sure you open your windows and welcome fresh air in your home.
Check for Mold and Mildew
Be diligent with any leaky pipes, windows and gutters in your homes as they create an ideal place for mold and mildew to grow. Don’t forget to examine your attic, basement and other sensitive areas where there is high possibility for moisture to collect. Molds can severely degrade your indoor air quality and also lead to several other health problems.
Do you have some more DIY tips to improve indoor air quality? Don’t forget to share with us in the comment section below.