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When it's hot and humid outdoors, it becomes even more important that the indoor air quality in your Richmond home envelopes you in  a clean, healthy and comfortable way. But the reality is, it doesn't take much to impair indoor air quality. Just think about the last time someone wearing bad cologne entered your home. Long after the guest left, the offensive odor lingered. Two of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality are to ventilate your home and address irritants at their source. During the day, you may be hard-pressed to open your doors and windows, so wait until the temperatures cool in the evening to fill your home with fresh air. Even better, try to get a good cross breeze going from one end of your home to the other. Don't forget about running your attic and ceiling fans; even your kitchen fan can do wonders to improve ventilation. Properly ventilating your home will make your other efforts even more noticeable:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially near your furnace.
  • Institute a no-smoking policy in your home.
  • Reduce the use of aerosol sprays, including hair spray, carpet cleaners, air fresheners and furniture polish.
  • Place rugs by doors to trap moisture and pollutants that would otherwise be tracked through your home. Better still, ask people to remove their shoes at the door.
  • Dust your home — floors, furniture, counters and ledges — regularly with a good microfiber mop. Vacuum your rugs, too.
  • Launder your bed sheets, pillowcases and covers once a week in hot water.
  • Run an exhaust fan in bathrooms to keep humidity levels low. Prevent mold buildup in moist areas by cleaning them with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water.
  • Reduce the clutter in your home, difficult as it may be, especially in school-office spaces. Mounds of paper can become a refuge for insects, bugs and rodents, who carry a plethora of germs and contaminants.

For other ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home, call Gilman Heating and Cooling. For particularly pesky problems, we can recommend air cleaners today that will help you start breathing easier tomorrow.