How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality [Infographic]

Got the sniffles? Sinus congestion? Itchy skin or eyes? OK, it’s Spring right now, and plants are blooming, but if you feel these things year-round, you may want to give some thought to your indoor air quality. As the infographic below from Air Filter Buy claims, the air inside your home is likely 2-5 times more polluted than what you breathe outside. So, if you associate air pollution with smoke stacks, you may want to think more about your fireplace, shower water, mold, and dust mites.

Fortunately, these issues can be addressed fairly easily. Changing your HVAC air filter regularly is an important first step, but consider the indoor air quality impacts of the products you buy. Everything from cleaning products to furniture, rugs, and carpets can release volatile organic compounds. Furnaces and stoves pollute the air with carbon monoxide. Dust and pet dander can collect in all sort of places. At a minimum, a periodic airing out of your home will help clear some of these irritants and health hazards out.

Spend some time with the information below, and then give some thought to what you’re already doing to keep clean air in your home. What more could you be doing? Share your thoughts, and tell us what you do to make sure that your family is breathing indoor air that’s as clean as possible.

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This post was generously sponsored by Air Filter Buy.

Indoor Air Pollution Infographic
Air Filter Buy

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