Strategies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Do you struggle with asthmatic symptoms or breathing issues indoors? If so, read on for some great tips to improve the quality of your air.



Common Factors that Affect Air Quality
  • People (exhalation, body odors, diseases)

  • Activities (work such as cleaning, using correction fluids, pest control products, and smoking)

  • Technology (photocopiers and laser printers)

  • Furnishings (furniture, draperies, floor coverings)

  • Finishes (paint, varnish, vinyl wall coverings)

  • Building materials (caulking compounds, adhesives, wood laminates)

  • Outdoor air quality

  • Inadequate or contaminated air handling units

  • Inadequate cleaning practices


Cleaning Practices

While proper cleaning practices can't control for all of the circumstances that contribute to poor air quality, they can help quite a bit. Read on for some great cleaning tips that help to reduce dust particles and allergens in the air.


Strategies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

1. Keep walkway and entries clean to eliminate tracking and debris.


2. Use mats to trap soil at entries to protect carpets and reduce the quantity of particles that eventually become airborne.


3. Clean shoes at entries to reduce fine particles such as lead.


4. Use quality vacuum equipment.


5. Use high efficiency vacuum filter bags. Small particles can pass through inexpensive paper filter bags.


6. Vacuum frequently before soils become embedded in the carpet.


7. Use quality reusable electrostatic filters for HVAC systems. Remove and flush them free of collected soils monthly.


8. Have the carpet cleaned professionally every six to twelve months.


9. Clean upholstery, drapery, bedding and other fabric surfaces; wash linens weekly.


10. Control moisture and humidity to keep down dust mites and mold.


Can you think of any additional ideas for improving indoor air quality? If so, comment below!

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