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How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Apartment

 

The pandemic has made everyone a little more concerned with the air we’re breathing. We’ve been under lock-down and we are gradually feeling more comfortable venturing out but for the most part, we’re all home more.  

If you’ve been feeling sluggish, congested or just not on your game, it could be your indoor air quality. Here are a few tips to help you breathe more easily in your apartment.

Reduce Some of the Sources Creating the Problem

Refrain from smoking or vaping in your apartment. It may sound like a big feat, but if you must smoke indoors, open a window. If you do open a window, be very careful. If you have a balcony, try to smoke or vape outside but be mindful of your neighbors. Smoking indoors can trap smells in your furniture and linens and it can also lead to reduced air quality.

Vacuum and Clean Your Home Often

Dust particles, fluff from your pets, and hair & lint can linger in your apartment and affect your air quality. Designate one or two days a week to clean your apartment and this will reduce the chance of a build-up of dust and dirt particles of reaching your lungs. You can even ask your landlord if they will commit to a vent cleaning once or twice a year.

Purchase Air Purifiers

For under $100, you can invest in an air purifier or two that can keep the air you breathe cleaner. It’s important to read the directions on the unit and make sure you replace the filters to keep it working. The units are portable, so you can rotate them in different rooms of your apartment. Read reviews online or ask friends and family if they can make recommendations.

Boost Your Ventilation

Ask your landlord if you can hang a ceiling fan. If that’s not an option,  buy portable fans, and open your windows, even on a cold day. Fresh air is free and can make you healthier. While you are using cleaning supplies, it’s very important to keep the spaces properly ventilated. Your bathroom and kitchen should have exhaust fans; use them during and following a cleaning. 

How You Can Improve the Air Quality in Your Apartment

The first thing to do is make your apartment a smoke-free zone. If you’re a smoker or vaper, it’s time to get serious about your health. If quitting isn’t feasible, only smoke if you can open your window or balcony door to usher in fresh air. 

Another easy idea is to buy air purifiers for your apartment. Make sure you are diligent to replace filters to keep the units working property.

And, finally, make an action plan and stick with it to keep your apartment clean. Dust furniture, vacuum or dry mop floors, and if you have a pet, sweep up dog hair and wash any blankets they use.

You’re spending more time at home, make sure the air your breathing is as clean as it can be.