Poor air quality triggers asthma attacks, exacerbates allergies, and makes you more vulnerable to a host of bacterial and viral infections. Thankfully, the quality of the air in your apartment is something you have considerable control over. By taking some precautions, you can keep the air quality in your apartment as high as possible.
Ventilate and Circulate
Even though outdoor air can be dirtier than indoor air, it’s smart to open your windows for at least a few minutes a day. This helps stale air cycle out of your apartment and fresh air circulate in. With an effective air filtration system in your apartment, you won’t have to worry about outdoor air detracting from the quality of your indoor air.
Dust, Vacuum, and Mop
If you want to keep your exposure to dust-dwelling contaminants to a minimum, the importance of dusting, vacuuming, and mopping your apartment can’t be overstated. Do this at least once a week, and do so thoroughly. With the right equipment and a bit of practice, it doesn’t have to be very time consuming.
Change Air Filters
The filters in your air conditioner and furnace are inextricably linked to the air quality in your apartment. Change them in accordance with your HVAC system manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule to keep airborne pollutants to a minimum. In many apartments, this is done for you. Check with management to see if this is the case at your community.
Choose Cleaning Supplies Wisely
A number of cleaning supplies contain harsh, toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds. When released, these compounds adversely effect the air in your apartment. Carefully select the cleaning supplies you buy or use all-natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice to mix your own eco-friendly cleaning agents.
Groom Pets Regularly
Sadly for pet owners, pet dander is another source of asthma and allergy triggers. You can minimize the impact your pets’ coat has on the air quality in your apartment by grooming them on a regular basis. Make use of the complimentary paw wash in your pet-friendly apartment, or schedule regular appointments for your pet.
Cultivate an Indoor Garden
It’s common knowledge most trees absorb carbon dioxide and generate clean oxygen in return. Some plants also clean the air of organic volatile compounds and other pollutants. While you can’t exactly create a forest in your apartment, you can invest in a small plant or two that will improve air quality in your apartment. Bamboo palms, Chinese evergreens, English ivy, and peace lily are among the low-maintenance plants that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your apartment and contribute to higher air quality.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air in even the most heavily polluted cities. Follow these tips and you can ensure this isn’t the case in your apartment.
What steps do you take to promote high indoor air quality in your apartment? Share in the comments.
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