Poor indoor air quality in residential spaces can be a problem. While you cannot control the allergens and pollutants lurking outside, there are many ways to take action to improve your indoor air quality.

Here are some tips to help keep your home the perfect place for relaxing and playing with the kids by ensuring your family has clean air to breathe.

1. Vacuum smarter. One of the easiest things you can do is vacuum thoroughly and regularly on all levels. While conventional vacuums filter dirt and dust but recirculate the same air via the exhaust back inside, central vacuums remove the air, dirt and dust from the home. Maintenance is also easier because the central vacuum units have a self-cleaning filter.

2. Freshen air wisely. Open windows are not always the best way to bring in fresh air. When pollen levels are high, the spores can come into your home and stick to surfaces. On high-allergen days, refresh air and cool with fans or the air conditioner. As an additional line of defense against dust mite debris and allergens, use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter with your central furnace and air conditioning unit.

3. Mitigate moisture. Mould thrives in dark, damp climates, so it is important to eliminate places for growth. To start, be aware of moisture levels throughout your home. Always use the bathroom exhaust fan to inhibit moisture build-up. Fix leaky faucets as quickly as possible and stay on top of maintenance for appliances like the refrigerator and air conditioner. Additionally, consider using a dehumidifier to decrease the amount of moisture inside the home. This can be particularly important during rainy seasons and in basements or cellar spaces.

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