We tend to think of air pollution as something that is outside. In fact, step outside and you can probably see it in the form of haze, ozone or smog. The truth of the matter is that the air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside.

The air inside your home could be polluted by radon, lead or formaldehyde. Some indoor pollutants are tracked into your home while others arrive with the new couch or the new coat of paint on your living room walls.

In this mix of pollutants, you will find pet dander, mold and dust mites, all of which are major allergens. Even if you don’t have pets, in all likelihood your home still has pet dander floating around.

Indoor pollution is becoming a big concern because we are spending so much more time indoors. In addition, modern homes are more airtight than ever and the irritants in your home cannot escape.

Hage Energy, your furnace repair service in Houston, offers tips on how to improve your indoor air quality.

Tackle Mold

Mold and mildew are two huge problems for people who have breathing issues. You can reduce this pollutant by fixing leaking plumbing and using a dehumidifier. If you see mold, clean it up as soon as possible and if necessary, call in a professional.

Beeswax Candles

Candles do a great job in creating atmosphere, but paraffin is made from petroleum and impacts your indoor air quality. Try beeswax candles instead as they emit almost no smoke and are a great option for those with asthma and allergies.

Get Some Plants

Plants add more than just color to a room, they act as natural air purifiers. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you should have a few plants in your home.

Stop Using Aerosol Sprays

Some aerosol sprays release harmful chemicals into the air. Instead, opt for non-aerosol versions of your favorite furniture polish, hair spray and air freshener. If you plan on completing a project, make sure you take it outside if it involves spray paint.

Don’t Smoke
This is rather obvious, but don’t allow people to smoke in your house. Second-hand smoke causes odors and increases the chance of developing cancer and other health risks. If you have guests who smoke, tell them to take it outside.

Keep Your Floors Clean

Allergens accumulate on your floors, especially on rugs and carpet. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to help reduce those harmful pollutants. If you have hardwood, tile or vinyl flooring, mop them on a regular basis.

Take Off Your Shoes

Do you know what is on the bottom of your shoes? Whatever is on the bottom of your shoes will be on your carpet or floor when you walk through your house with your shoes on. So make sure that you, your family and your guests take off their shoes before entering your house.

For more information about indoor air quality, contact Hage Energy.