Dust mites, pollen, animal dander — it’s all right there in the air, not to mention your bath towels, bedding, and furniture. What’s the most effective way to eliminate these contaminants and reduce your home’s air pollution? Get ready to take a deep, clean, and fresh breath of indoor air when you follow these top tips:

Control the moisture. Too much moisture in the air leads to dust mites and mold. Use an air conditioner (with a clean filter) or a dehumidifier to help keep things dry in the basement and other damp spaces.
Tip: Humidity levels in your home should be between 35 and 60 percent.

Air it out. Open your windows and turn on your exhaust fans to remove indoor pollutants. You can also use a whole-house air purifier to help clean your air of any allergens.

Cut down on toxins. Instead of ammonia and bleach, try using more environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar to create an all-purpose cleaner — it can even clean grease and mildew. Also, avoid burning candles, smoking cigarettes, or using a wood-burning fireplace in your home.

Vacuum regularly. Make sure you’re vacuuming your home at least once a week. Vacuums suck up the dust that settles on carpets, furniture, and many other surfaces.

Test your home. Depending on when your home was built, you can be victim to harsh toxins like asbestos and radon (a colorless, odorless gas). Check the EPA map to see if you’re in a high-radon area.

At Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We offer indoor air quality services that include air purification and filtration, air-to-air exchanger, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and more. We proudly serve Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton, Virginia. Call (540) 942-2700 to learn more or to schedule a service.

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