How Can You Minimize Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

Air pollution is one of the worst things that we have to contend with every day. In the contemporary home, indoor air pollution also exists and can lead to a host of problems. 

There is a sense of safety one feels at home that may actually lead to lenience when it comes to causes and signs of indoor air pollution. However, you should be wary of dirty HVAC systems, pollutants from the outside trickling inside, toxic fumes from household chemicals, carbon monoxide, asbestos, allergies from pollen and pets, and bacteria and mold spores from moisture.

Vacuum Thoroughly and Consistently

Debris, dirt, dust, dander, and more need to be vacuumed regularly so they don’t build up over time. Make sure you get through every nook, cranny, and surface. 

You also don’t want to forget your ventilation system and the filters. It’s actually good to give them a good vacuum for a couple of minutes so you know you are really getting all the build-up that works its way across the home. You’d be surprised how much gets up there.

Always Change Your Air Filters

Because your air filters are in charge of keeping air well-ventilated and generally clean, they inevitably get clogged with fuzz and debris. Even if they aren’t completely packed and blocked, they can still harbor allergens and bacterial growth over time. 

It’s good practice to replace your air filters every three months. Pet owners or individuals that do a lot of crafts and woodwork should cut this down to 30 days a filter.

Never Forget the Ducts

It’s easy to forget about your ducts because they are out of sight, out of mind. That said, they are prime locations for mold and mildew to grow. They can also suffer from a build-up of unwanted residue left by pesticides, outdoor contaminants, dust, and more. Make sure you get regular duct cleaning.

Get Rid of Obsolete Units

Your air conditioning unit has a shelf life, even if it still seems to be chugging on. Old units more than a decade old should be replaced. A newer unit will keep temperatures more balanced and have more energy efficiency. Most importantly, they will also be more likely to use the new technologies that allow for better filtering and killing of bacteria. 

If you have an old furnace, it can also do more harm than good. Make sure it’s clean and check whether it’s time to update it. 

Use UV Air Purification

Nowadays, UV filter technology is really a godsend. There are so many pathogens that get brought into the home that can be combated using ultraviolet technology. This should help minimize the germs that remain in the air.


Air pollution from inside can be troublesome because it can only get worse when left unchecked. This makes the home less comfortable and opens up health risks to any inhabitants. By staying on top of your HVAC services and cleaning, you should be able to enjoy the clean air inside your home and take a deep and relieving breath.

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