Indoor Air Quality Tips for the Holiday Season
Over the holidays, we’ll all be spending even more time at home, which means the air quality in your home is of the utmost importance. We’ve put together some air quality tips to help you breathe easy this holiday season.
Change Your Furnace Filter
When it comes to improving the air quality in your home, our number one tip for homeowners is to stay on top of furnace filter maintenance over the holidays. You should change your furnace filter at least every 30 days, and even more frequently in households with multiple occupants and pets. Some filters are able to be left in your system longer, but no more than 60 days. If you are looking to get rid of more debris, increasing the frequency of replacing your filter, or changing type of filter, will help. Filters also help to get rid of pesky allergens and pollutants that find their way into your home.
Avoid Chemical Based Air Fresheners
We know it’s tempting to use air fresheners over the holiday season to make your home smell like warm apple pie or fresh balsam, but they’re full of chemicals that deplete your home’s air quality. Our tip for homeowners who want their home to smell festive and still maintain air quality is to use natural aromatics, burn organic candles, and bake lots of holiday treats.
During the winter, we shut all the doors and windows in our homes, and rightfully so as it gets cold out there, but this can negatively impact the air quality inside your home. Having lots of plants around your house is a great way to naturally improve the air quality inside your home because they are essentially nature’s air purifiers. Aloe vera, spider plants, English ivy, peace lilies, and Boston ferns are extremely effective at removing pollution and harmful compounds from the air in your home.
The Little Things
There are also lots of small tips you can follow to improve the air quality in your home one day at a time over the holiday season.
- Leave your shoes at the door. They can track lots of dust, pollen, chemicals, and pesticides into your home.
- Air out your home if possible. Opening the windows for 5-10 minutes a day will give your home a burst of fresh, clean air without releasing too much heat.
- Using green cleaning products won’t improve the air quality in your home, but using chemical-based, toxic cleaning products are extremely harmful to your home’s air quality.
- Dust, vacuum, and mop regularly to keep settled dust from becoming airborne.
- Wash your linens regularly. They can trap a significant amount of dust that becomes airborne every time you move them.
If you’re looking for help improving your indoor air quality,
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