Whether you and your family spend a lot of time at home or not, the health of your family starts with a healthy home. Many things could be affecting the health of your home, from mold to poor air quality. To ensure your home is its healthiest, we share easy tips on how to keep your home clean so you and your family can breathe easy.
How to Reduce Dust in Your Home
Dust is a combination of skin cells, dust mites (and their feces), fibers, animal dander and pollen particles, so reducing the amount you have in your home will go a long way in keeping you and your home healthy – especially if you’re allergic to dust mites. You can use a few methods to reduce the amount of dust and help keep it at bay.
Use a Microfiber Cloth
Using the right tools and methods will help you pick up dust easier. We recommend using a damp microfiber cloth or using a dust spray with a microfiber cloth. The damp cloth or dust spray will prevent dust from flying around in the air as you pick up dust.
Dust Before You Vacuum
Always dust from top to bottom, and dust before you vacuum. When vacuuming, make sure to use a HEPA filter, which is more efficient at trapping tiny dust particles than other filters.
Dust Regularly and Declutter
To help prevent buildup, it’s important to keep up with dusting. Do light dusting every week and do the harder to reach areas at least once a month. Another way to reduce the amount of dust is to reduce the number of surfaces for dust to collect. Declutter your house and keep knickknacks to a minimum.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Dusting regularly and keeping dust at bay is one big way to improve your home’s air quality, but there are extra steps you can take.
Change Air Filters Routinely
One of the easiest ways is to make sure to change the air filters in your home routinely (at least every three months) and use a filter that specifically reduces allergens if you’re prone to indoor allergies.
Run Your HVAC Fan
If your HVAC system’s fan is designed to improve air quality, run the fan a few hours a day to help improve indoor air.
Use the Exhaust Fan When Cooking
When cooking, use the kitchen exhaust fan to reduce the amount of moisture and pollutants in the air.
Mold and mildew love humidity, and if you live in a warm climate it may be more difficult to control. Add a few dehumidifiers inside your home to help control the humidity levels inside.
Grow Indoor Plants
Add indoor plants to help freshen the air. Ferns are perfect houseplants that will help reduce contaminants in your home.
These are just a few simple ways you can make your home healthier. To keep your home healthy year-round, follow our seasonal maintenance tips.