Spring cleaning may make you think of washing windows and laundering curtains, but what about the air inside your home? In some residences, the air indoors can be more polluted than the air outside. And unfortunately, dust and dirt can make respiratory issues like asthma worse. Here are five strategies to help you breathe easier.
1. Keep your floors clean. Make sure people take their shoes off at the door and to vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This way, you’ll reduce allergens and harmful chemicals that can get into your home.
2. Don’t let it get too humid. Excess humidity attracts mould, dust mites and other allergens. Use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner to keep humidity levels low.
3. Get some houseplants. Not only do plants help filter the air in your home, but they can also boost your mood. Peace lilies make great air purifiers and are easy to take care of.
4. Have your ducts cleaned. Think of air ducts as the lungs of your home; all the air from your heating and cooling systems flow through them. If you can’t remember the last time you had them professionally cleaned, now is the time.
5. Change your filters. Your air conditioner, furnace, dryer and range hood all have filters that should be changed regularly to keep them working efficiently and the air in your home clean.
This spring, breathe easier by adding the above five items to your spring cleaning to-do list.