Since this series began, we have discussed a variety of traditional and innovative ways to keep your indoor air fresh and clean—from thoroughly cleaning your refrigerator to avoid mold and mildew to regularly cleaning air conditioning filters and air purifier filters. And yet, we still have more in store for the fourth and final installment of our 28 Indoor Air Quality Tips blog series.
- Use microfiber dust towels to attract and capture dust particles. Just because dust is no long visible on your furniture doesn’t mean that it is gone. In fact, it could be just floating around your environment searching for a new place to settle. However, cleaning with a microfiber dust cloth effectively captures dust particles and prohibits them from further harming your indoor environment, unlike ordinary cloths and towels that just move dust from place to place.
- Use bathroom fans while showering. While many people consider the exhaust fan located in most bathrooms as a courtesy feature, these fans actually serve another purpose—absorbing moisture. Using your bathroom fan while showering will help reduce moisture and control humidity issues.
- Place a walk-off mat at all home entrances. Leaving shoes outside of your home might not be a choice for some people. However, you can still reduce the amount of pollutants shoes track into your home by placing a high-quality doormat for people to wipe the soles of their shoes at each entrance to your home. Encouraging people to remove their shoes once inside the door is another great strategy to minimize pollutants tracked into your home by shoes.
- Use a particle counter to measure airborne irritant concentrations in your home. A laser particle counter is a quick convenient way get an accurate reading of the amount of large and small particles present in your environment such as dust, bacteria, mold, smoke, smog, pollen, plant spores, pet dander, and dust mite feces. Devices like these, such as the Dylos DC1100 Air Quality Monitor, are extremely useful for helping allergy- and asthma-sufferers maintain contaminant- and allergen-free air.
- Open windows for a few minutes each day to circulate fresh air into your home. One of the simplest ways to prevent air in your home from becoming stale is to open windows when weather permits. This is a great way to get fresh air into your home, especially following closed-up winter months.
- Instead of chemical agents, use poison baits and traps to eliminate pests in your home. While chemical agents might effectively keep pests out of your home, they bring chemicals inside that can harm your indoor air quality. Poison baits and traps are air-friendly alternatives to pest control.
- Choose non-PVC wall and floor coverings. When revamping your walls or floor coverings, look for options that do not contain PVC. Walls and floor coverings that contain PVC can expose you and your family to phthalates and lead. Instead, use floor coverings such as wood, stone, and linoleum, and wall coverings such as tiles and paper-based wallpaper.