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Pet dander. Dust. Smoke (from wildfires or otherwise). Chemicals. Allergens.

All of these things can make up a cocktail of bad air that directly impacts your indoor air quality. If you’ve been looking for safe and effective ways to improve your indoor air quality and make the air you breathe cleaner and healthier, read on. We’ve got you covered:

  1. Spider plants
  2. Air purifiers
  3. Changing your HVAC filters
  4. Keeping your carpets and flooring clean
  5. Drying out your basement
  6. Creating a balanced input and output of ventilation
  7. Improve your in-home insulation

Spider Plants

This pops up on every list out there about indoor air quality and we can see why — having plants in your home is by far the easiest and prettiest way to improve your indoor air quality without breaking the bank. Spider plants are known for their air-purifying qualities and they are super easy to grow. So easy, in fact, that once you’ve started you may not be able to stop. So ask your neighbors if they have any you can propagate your very own spider plant companions from or head to your local nursery to get started! We promise you won’t regret it!

Pro Tip: Add some to your bedroom to really enhance the overall ambiance and create a safe and health-forward sleeping environment.

Air Purifiers

We might be biased here but in-home air purifiers are, hands down, the most effective way to ensure that you have clean, healthy, indoor air quality every day of the year. We offer a very effective in-home solution that has been proven to tackle the toughest of particulates and viruses (yes, even that one) and provides not just peace of mind but a truly improved air quality that is unmatched by our competition.

Changing your HVAC Unit Filters

We don’t mean to add more to your to-do list but if it’s been a while since you’ve changed your HVAC unit’s air filter, now would be a great time to do it! While each filter you buy comes with its own MERV rating and standard of filtration, they’re only as effective as they are clean. You should be changing your filter every 6 months at the minimum, more if you live in an area with high levels of outdoor air pollution or in a home with pets.

Keeping your carpets and flooring clean

The amount of dust and grime your carpets and rugs can hold is pretty astonishing–just think of what we track in and out of our homes on a daily basis. Whether you take your shoes off when you come in or not, keeping your carpets and rugs vacuumed, shampooed and generally clean is a great way to improve your indoor air quality. Every time we walk (or run, if you have little ones), all of the particulates in our carpets and rugs get stirred up where they then get sucked through our air filters, intake vents, and generally circulated throughout the house. When it comes to indoor air quality, it really can pay to start from the bottom up!

Drying out your basement

Speaking of the “bottom-up” if you have a basement, it may be time to invest in moisture-proofing it to help keep the risk of mold and other contaminants from ruining your in-home air. The reality is that a happy basement is a dry basement. In addition to extending the life of your home, keeping your foundation from shifting, and helping with insulation and energy costs, having a well-thought-out moisture management plan is one of the most critical things you can do for your home. As water creeps or seeps in through leaky walls or cracks in the flooring that moisture evaporates. It doesn’t take much moisture to spur the growth of mold, which is inherently dangerous. Since most people’s furnaces and ducts run through the basement at some point, the chances of those spores getting into your in-home filtration system is pretty high.

Creating a balanced input and output of ventilation

This tip comes straight from the U.S. Department of Energy and is not entirely a DIY project. It involves making sure that your home has a well-balanced ventilation system that starts with your air intake inlets and ends with the exhaust units usually found in your attic and on your roof.

Diagram of a balanced ventilation system, showing a side view of a simple house and how it can improve your indoor air quality and air flow with an attic, living space, and basement. In the attic is horizontal duct work (labeled room air exhaust ducts) leading from an exhaust fan into the living space rooms. A pipe extending vertically from the exhaust fan and through the roof is labeled the exhaust air outlet. A box in the basement (labeled the supply fan) has two ducts leading into the living space and one duct leading to the outside, labeled the fresh air inlet. Arrows show air flow into the house through the fresh air inlet in the basement, moving through the supply fan into the living space, through the room air exhaust ducts, into the exhaust fan in the attic, and out of the house through the exhaust air outlet in the roof.

From their website: “Balanced ventilation systems, if properly designed and installed, neither pressurize nor depressurize your home. Rather, they introduce and exhaust approximately equal quantities of fresh outside air and polluted inside air.”

Improve your in-home insulation

Speaking of attics and homes — an often overlooked culprit of poor airflow (or in some cases, too much airflow) is your home’s insulation. Depending on how old your home is and where you live, you may find that your attic or garage are the main culprits for having a cold, drafty house. This can result in unintentional particulates and matter getting into your home, thus leading to poor in-home air quality. While fixing your insulation in an older house is quite the undertaking, most modern homes offer some straightforward and simple-enough solutions to make quick improvements in your overall insulation. By addressing this issue you’re also helping to reduce your energy costs and using less valuable resources to heat and cool your home — which if you think about it, is one of the best ways for ensuring we all have clean air to breathe

Looking for solutions for your home or office? Head to our products page to see our full line of air purifiers and air quality sensors. Perfect for your home or office. Questions? Reach out to us at info@iaquality.com and we’ll be in touch.

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