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Are you worried about the air quality in your home? Living with poor air quality is not good for your health. Hence, it makes sense to be proactive and take the right steps to improve the quality of the air, as it’ll make your home more comfortable.

Using this guide, your home can become healthier, and you can improve your air quality.

Test the asbestos levels

You can get asbestos testing to check if your home is safe. If it isn’t, you can take the right measures to remove the asbestos so that you can achieve cleaner air. It isn’t safe to live with asbestos in the home, so be sure to check this when you are working to better your home’s air quality.

Be careful of high moisture levels

High humidity fosters mold and mildew growth, which can trigger respiratory problems and allergies. Keep the humidity level in your house between 30 to 50 percent with the help of dehumidifiers, particularly in areas of your house that are clammy, such as bathrooms and basements. Aerate promptly for any water problems or leaks to stop mold growth and moisture. While cooking or bathing, use exhaust fans to decrease indoor humidity.

Indoor plants will help you a lot 

Having indoor plants can be beneficial to the air in your home and also add beauty. Houseplants are natural air filters that absorb and convert pollutants to oxygen. Indoor plants can absorb pollutants like formaldehyde and re-release them as oxygen. You can add these plants to every room in your house, especially the bedroom, to increase oxygen to your brain and help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

Don’t smoke indoors

Smoking tobacco products inside your home is a major source of indoor air pollution as the cigarette burns and over 4,000 chemicals are released into the air. These chemicals can stay in the air for hours. Even when a cigarette is snuffed out, unused tobacco is a toxic chemical and is slowly giving off gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide. Your home has a never-ending supply of smoke, year after year, and at the same time, smoking cigarettes in the privacy of your own bedrooms, away from prying eyes, will contaminate the air just as well. Make your home a “no-smoke” zone. Confer with other members of your family who have young children living in their household to make the same “no-smoke” rule in their living quarters. Provide your friends with those “smoke without smoking.”

Testing for radon and carbon monoxide 

Radon and carbon monoxide are invisible, odorless, toxic gases. They are extremely harmful and can cause serious health issues or even death if ingested in high amounts in your home. Be sure to test your home for radiation, a dangerous radioactive gas known to cause lung cancer. Also, be sure to test your home for carbon monoxide. Every household should have at least one carbon monoxide detector on every floor. Kits and detectors can easily be ordered from any hardware store.