How to quickly improve indoor air quality

There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its

best. A faulty furnace or an aged carpet are just two potential culprits. Until

you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier

— today?

Here are some ideas:

• Check the furnace filter. This is one of the most overlooked

maintenance items in the home. Any furnace repair person can tell

you stories about filters they’ve seen caked in dust. Make sure those

aren’t yours. Air passes through those filters before circulating

throughout your home. Replacing a filter takes less than five minutes.

• Clean the drains. Drains are a surprisingly common source of odour

in the home. Most people only clean them when they’re clogged, but

they should be flushed thoroughly with a good-quality cleaner at least

once a season.

• Turn on the bathroom fan. Not only do bathroom fans remove

odour, they also reduce moisture build-up. About 50% of air

pollutants originate from some type of moisture; mould being the

worst. Professionals recommend you keep the bathroom fan on for at

least 30 minutes after a shower.

• Clean your doormat. Even if your doormat doesn’t smell, it can be a

source of air pollutants. When people wipe their shoes, they transfer

pesticides and other outside ground pollutants from their shoes to

your mat.

Of course, you can always open a window. That’s the most popular way to

freshen the air, and it works.

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