So many of us have poor indoor air quality and do not even know it-or do not think that what looks like only 'a little bit' is enough to worry about. What we have to keep in mind, however, is that first, good air quality consists of several things for comfort and health-such as maintaining proper humidity, keeping indoor pollutants out of the air, keeping outdoor air pollution from entering through your A / C system, keeping your air conditioner from adding pollutants to your air, etc. That said, there are a few quick things you can check and quick fixes you can make to dramatically improve your home air quality:

Humidity: You want to make sure your indoor humidity is not too high-or too low. Anything above 50% moisture is feeding bacteria and mold growth. Below 30% is often too little moisture and can irritate sinus and respiratory tissues. So you want to stay in that 35-45% range for health and comfort. Fix: Buy a hygrometer to test your humidity first. If it's less than 30% (which often happens at colder outdoor temperatures, buy a humidifier and adjust to around 35-45%. down, too, if you keep excess humidity out of the air.

Particles & Dust: One of the largest contributors to house dust is what's coming out of the air conditioner ducts. Fix: buy a / c filters and cut into pieces that will fit behind the room vents-doing this can knock out over 80% of dust and particles coming out of your ducts. Then, to protect yourself from micro-particles and bacteria that are too small for the A / C filter, buy an air filtration unit (either portable or whole house) that includes true HEPA and carbon filters, such as those from Aller Air, Blueair , Austin Air, etc. These all work well and can easily remove over 95% of allergy and disease-causing particles, bacteria, chemicals and more from your indoor air. This is especially helpful if you have pets as indoor animals often increase indoor air pollutants by 50-100% or more. And obviously, once or twice a week vacuuming and mopping can make a big difference, too.

Chemicals & Odors: Odors are simply airborne chemicals and many of them come from stored paints, solvents, cleaners, etc. Even if you do not notice any odors, all paints, solvents and cleaners release chemicals into the air. Fix: Get all cleaners, solvents and paint containers out of the house (into the garage, in an air tight container, etc) can make a huge difference. Also, if you are using a quality air purifier with a large amount of carbon in the filter, that will help remove any residual airborne chemicals and severely reduce any odors that are constantly being produced (cooking, pets, etc).

If you can make the above changes to your household, you'll very likely begin to notice much better air quality, better sleep, fewer allergies, and probably a lot fewer odors – for a lot less than you might have thought. If you have questions or need further clarification, feel free to contact us at the author box below.