Your home’s indoor air quality should always be a top priority, but at this time of year, as you spend more time inside, you may want to give some extra thought to the air your family is breathing.

Experts estimate as many as half of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality. So if you or your family members are dealing with headaches, itchy eyes, runny noses or a persistent cough, your indoor air quality may very well be playing a part. Fortunately, Blind & Sons offers a variety of solutions for your home, including air cleaners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, UV lamps and expert whole-home duct cleaning. In addition to these affordable solutions, there are a few simple steps that can help you improve your indoor air quality, along with your family’s health and comfort.

Minimize pollutants in your home
If you haven’t done so already, one very important step in maintaining great air quality is to ban smoking inside your home. In addition, reduce or eliminate your use of harsh cleaners and synthetic air fresheners.

Share the chores to keep your home clean
The whole family can help improve air quality by sharing cleaning responsibilities. Bedding should be washed weekly to reduce allergens, including dust mites. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and try microfiber cloths for dusting. It’s also a good idea to have everyone remove their shoes at the door to minimize the dust and dirt that gets tracked inside.

Control moisture in the house
Keep your home’s humidity level at less than 60% and be sure to clean your dehumidifier or humidifier regularly. Be sure to repair any plumbing leaks promptly, and if you experience any flooding or water damage, clean it up
 horoughly to eliminate mold and mildew. Also, remember to run exhaust fans while showering.

Make sure your home is well ventilated
Keep up with regular maintenance of your furnace and air conditioner, and wash or replace air filters when necessary. Make sure combustion appliances like your stove and water heater are properly vented to the outside and the vents are unobstructed. And when the temperature, humidity and pollen levels allow it, open doors and windows for fresh air.

Sources: Greenguard Environmental Institute, DuPont