Spring is a time for warmer weather, sunshine, and fresh air. But considering that even under normal circumstances we spend about 90% of our time indoors, it’s important to focus on the air there, too. Want to know how to improve your indoor air quality in just a few hours this weekend? Let’s dive in.

Benefits of Improved Air Quality

Before we get into the how, let’s review the why. While it’s nice just to think about cleaner air, there are some concrete benefits that come with improving your indoor air quality. Here are a few benefits of improving your indoor air quality.

  • Fewer air contaminants and more oxygen in the air mean easier breathing.
  • Cleaning up your indoor air can help promote improved quality of sleep.
  • Better moisture control can help prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Fewer contaminants in the air mean reduced allergy symptoms.
  • Cleaner air reduces strain on HVAC equipment, which can improve energy costs. If a commercial building can spend almost 50% of its energy on HVAC, your home spending could be comparable without prioritizing air quality.

And those are just a few of the benefits you can reap when you invest your time in improving your indoor air quality. Ready to learn how to do it?

Keep Your Home Clean

Cleaning your house might not seem like the first thing you should do when you want to prioritize air quality, but the truth is that it can help more than you know. Tasks like vacuuming, shaking out your rugs, and dusting can all help reduce dust and animal dander in your home. The absence of those substances is excellent for improved air quality. Setting a once- or twice-weekly schedule for these cleaning tasks will definitely help you out. You might even notice a marked difference in your home’s air after a single round of cleaning.

Keep Plants Outdoors

Greenery can look wonderful in your home. And while it’s true that plants produce much-needed oxygen and can help purify the air around you, they may be doing more harm than good indoors. Indoor plants can collect dust, provide breeding grounds for mold, and trigger allergy symptoms if you’re sensitive to pollen. If you’re dedicated to regularly shaking out, dusting, and pruning your indoor plants, you may not have a problem. But overall, it’s best to keep them outside. If you’re really craving some fresh air, consider opening a window for a little bit to get that fresh air circulating in your home.

Change Filters Regularly

When it comes to improving air quality, replacing your air conditioning filter is a pretty basic step to take. But there are other air filters in your home working to keep your air clean, too! When you’re checking on your AC filters, make a note to check on your vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, and kitchen vents. These appliances are often critical in ensuring you have good air quality in your home. If you’re not sure how to check or change these filters, contact your landlord, property manager, or the manufacturer for instructions.

Cleaning up the air in your home doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, you could probably do all three of these things in just a few hours this weekend. Happy cleaning!