Few things feel as good as walking in the front door after a long day at work. But lately as you breeze through the door, you’ve detected something that’s not quite right. Maybe it’s time to take your pup to the groomers, or last night’s dinner was too heavy on the garlic, but you’d swear the air itself is stale. Opening a few windows and lighting a candle has you breathing easy for the night, but that “stale” feeling hits you again the next time you return home. You’ve been keeping the house spotless recently, so you’re at a loss. How can you improve your air?
How to quickly improve indoor air quality
There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty furnace or an aged carpet are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier — today?
Start with these ideas:
- Check the furnace filter. This is one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home! Just about any furnace repairman could tell you horror stories about filters completely caked in dirt and dust. Air passes through those filters before circulating through your house, making it an obvious culprit for poor air quality. It is a good idea to clean and/or replace your furnace filter every few months.
- Clean the drains. Chances are, you are like most people when it comes to cleaning the drains, and only clean them when they’re clogged. Surprisingly, drains are a very common culprit when it comes to odour in your house. Thoroughly flushing them with a good-quality cleaner a few times a year is highly recommended.
- Turn on the bathroom fan. Approximately 50% of air pollutants originate from some type of moisture. (Mould is the worst). Bathroom fans are essential for reducing moisture build-up in your home. Professionals recommend keeping the bathroom fan on for at least 30 minutes after you get out of the shower. One easy way to do this is by installing a timer for your fan. That way, you can simply click “30” when you leave the bathroom, and forget about it!
- Clean your doormat. It’s really easy to forget about cleaning things like doormats, outdoor umbrellas, or deck chairs. That’s because these materials are durable, weather resistant, and they’re outside the home! But, like everything else, they need a wash every once in a while. Even if your doormat doesn’t smell, it can be a source of air pollutants. Outdoor ground pollutants such as pesticide are transferred onto your mat when people wipe their shoes.
For an immediate fix, you can always open a window. However, to keep your air consistently fresh, the above tips are your best choice!