With summer wrapping up, you’re going to spending a lot more time indoors. Sweater weather is lovely, but often doesn’t allow laying in the park all day like in the summer. It’s a cozy time, but the increase in airborne pollutants indoors versus outdoors isn’t as appealing. Factors like air circulation and moisture impacts air quality, but there are simple steps you can take to keep your family healthy and breathing clean air through the fall and winter.
Firstly, make sure to clean and replace filters in your air conditioning and heating units. Clean and efficient fans and filters in furnaces, dehumidifiers, and other appliance function optimally and reduce moisture in the home. You should also make sure that air vents between the inside of your home and outdoors is clean for dirt and debris and do an overall autumn cleaning.
Dust collects all over your home and circulates through the air, which you then inhale. Reducing dust that collects can make the air feel fresher, so vacuum the rear grills on your fridge. Be diligent about cleaning drip trays and fixing leaks, as this will prevent mold. Clear out your clothes dryer ducts and vents. Or give yourself a treat and hire some elbow grease.
When temperatures drop and the air becomes dry, invest in a humidifier. In addition to keeping your skin looking good, air with the right amount of moisture is beneficial for the lungs and feels better. This will also help you have a deep sleep with more energized mornings.