We all love breathing in fresh air, but sometimes the great outdoors isn’t so great. When pollution levels skyrocket outside, it’s crucial to create a safe haven inside your New York home. Here are some important tips to improve air quality when the outside air is less than ideal.

Seal the deal

Air leaks can invite unwelcome outdoor pollutants into your home. Inspect doors, windows, and any potential gaps or cracks, and seal them up tightly with weatherstripping or caulk. Keep the uninvited pollutants at bay!

Filter it out

It pays to buy high-quality air filters for your HVAC system. Opt for filters with a MERV rating of at least 7 to capture tiny particles and reduce indoor allergens. Clean or replace filters regularly to ensure their effectiveness.

Air purifiers

Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to further enhance indoor air quality. They are particularly useful for individuals with respiratory issues or allergies. Place them strategically in rooms where you spend the most time, such as the bedroom or living room.

Dust busting

Regularly dusting surfaces in your home can significantly improve indoor air quality. Use a microfiber cloth or damp cloth to trap dust particles instead of merely dispersing them into the air.

Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate

Proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining good air quality. Open windows and doors when the outdoor air quality improves. Or use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to remove pollutants at their source.

Avoid harsh chemicals

Many household cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can negatively impact air quality. Opt for natural alternatives or products labeled as low-VOC to minimize pollution inside your home.

Limit moisture

Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth, which can severely impact indoor air quality. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, fix leaks promptly, and consider using a dehumidifier in areas prone to high humidity.

No shoes policy

Leaving shoes at the door prevents dirt, pollen, and other outdoor pollutants from being tracked inside. Plus, it keeps your floors cleaner!

Pet patrol

Furry friends bring joy to our lives, but their dander can worsen indoor air quality. Regular grooming and vacuuming, along with keeping pets out of bedrooms, can help reduce pet allergens.

Be mindful of fragrances

Avoid using synthetic fragrances, such as scented candles and air fresheners, as they often contain harmful chemicals. Instead, opt for natural alternatives like essential oils or natural soy-based candles.

Monitor air quality

Finally, invest in an air quality monitor to keep tabs on the indoor air quality. These devices measure pollutants like PM2.5, CO2 levels, and humidity, allowing you to take necessary actions to maintain a healthy environment.

Contact Keller New York today

Buying or selling a New York home is a major life milestone. If you’re ready to make the leap, then contact the Keller New York Bronx office at 718-697-6800 or the Eastchester – Scarsdale office at 914-713-3270. Our team of experts is standing by to answer all your questions. Contact us today!