How to improve indoor air quality is a “hot” topic lately, probably because people are spending more time indoors, thanks to the lure of big-screen TVs, movies and the Internet.

The discussion isn’t merely confined to people suffering from asthma or respiratory problems, either. People in general are simply more conscious of the air they breathe and want to learn how to improve indoor air quality, period. If you’re one of them, you can take some simple, proactive steps that should make an immediate difference in the quality of the air you and your loved ones breathe:

  • Curb the amount of pollutants, allergens and dirt in your home by asking people to remove their shoes at the door so that they don’t track those elements through your home. Put a throw rug at each door (and sliding door) and start a “no shoes in the house” policy today.
  • If you haven’t already, begin a no-smoking policy in your home, too. Even one cigarette or cigar can leave an odor that can linger for days.
  • Dust your floors regularly to keep them clean. In fact, you may have to grab a microfiber mop daily if you have pets (to reduce pet dander). A wide selection of wet mops help make the job a breeze.
  • Vacuum your carpeting at least once a week. Take throw rugs outdoors and shake them out.
  • Wash bed sheets, pillows and blankets once a week in hot water to keep them free of dust mites. 
  • Keep humidity levels low by running an exhaust fan or opening a window while people take baths or showers or prepare meals in the kitchen.
  • Prevent mold from forming by cleaning bathtubs and showers with a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water.
  • Eliminate or at least drastically cut down on the use of aerosol sprays, including hair spray, air fresheners, carpet cleaners and furniture polish.

Every home is different, and so are the people who live there. Call the indoor air experts at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. for a consultation on how to improve your home’s indoor air quality and start breathing easier right away.

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