Improving Indoor Air

When we think about air quality in Utah, our first thought is often our troubling outdoor air quality. But indoor air can be an issue as well! Indoor health and comfort can be put at risk when there are high levels of pollutants in the home such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, VOCs, formaldehyde, mold, and more. Common sources include gas stoves, furnaces, wood fireplaces, furniture, household products, excess moisture, and outdoor air pollution. Thankfully, we can improve our indoor air through a variety of ways!

Furnace Filters – Change out your furnace filter on your central AC/heating system at least every 3 months to keep it running efficiently and capturing pollutants. If the outdoor air quality is poor, it’s best to change your filter more frequently.

Houseplants – In larger quantities, houseplants like spider plants, peace lilies, pothos, and snake plants can help remove pollutants such as ammonia and formaldehyde.

Upgrade to electric or cleaner burning fireplaces and stoves – Electric fireplaces and stoves don’t emit pollutants during use like wood burning or natural gas ones. If electric is not feasible, upgrading to more efficient natural gas fireplaces can help as well.

Purchase a HEPA air purifier – HEPA certified purifiers are an easy way to clean your indoor air!

Making indoor air a priority is especially helpful for more vulnerable family members, including those with asthma or respiratory conditions. Each action you take can help you and your family breathe cleaner air at home.

By Haylee Neel