Search Icon Graphic | Dwellin Inc

Indoor Air Quality: Simple Changes for Healthier Living Spaces

5 minute read

Pexels huy phan 3076899

The importance of maintaining high indoor air quality cannot be overstated, especially considering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. With Americans spending approximately 90% of their time indoors, the impact of indoor air quality on our health is a significant concern. 

Here are simple yet effective ways to enhance the air quality in your home:

Embrace the Power of Plants

NASA’s Clean Air Study, a pivotal piece of research into air purification, identified several household plants as effective natural air purifiers. Plants such as the spider plant, snake plant, and peace lily have been shown to absorb toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. Integrating these plants into your home decor not only beautifies your space but also improves air quality naturally.

Choose Natural Cleaning Products

A significant contributor to indoor air pollution is volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with many household cleaners being a primary source. The American Lung Association warns against the use of cleaners with VOCs due to their potential to cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Opting for natural cleaning products or homemade solutions (like vinegar and baking soda) can drastically reduce your indoor exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Improve Ventilation

Despite the advancements in making homes more energy-efficient, one unintended consequence has been the reduction in natural ventilation, trapping pollutants inside. The EPA stresses the importance of adequate ventilation, recommending the opening of windows and the use of exhaust fans to remove contaminants from the home. Even simple actions like opening a window can significantly improve indoor air quality by allowing fresh air to circulate.

Regularly Clean and Maintain HVAC Systems

HVAC systems play a crucial role in maintaining indoor comfort, but they can also circulate dust, pollen, and other pollutants if not properly maintained. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) suggests that dirty air ducts can circulate contaminants more frequently, potentially leading to health issues. Regularly changing filters and servicing your HVAC system can enhance air quality and system efficiency.

Reduce Synthetic Fragrances

Products like air fresheners and scented candles may smell pleasant but can release harmful chemicals into your home. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that many such products contain phthalates, substances linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions. Switching to fragrance-free products or using natural alternatives like essential oil diffusers can maintain a fresh-smelling home without risking your health.

Use Cooking Vents

Cooking, especially on high heat, can release pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter into your indoor air. The California Air Resources Board highlights the importance of using range hoods or cooking vents to reduce these emissions. Ensuring these vents lead outdoors can significantly mitigate exposure to cooking-related pollutants.

Monitor Humidity Levels

High humidity levels can foster the growth of mold and dust mites, potent allergens that can degrade indoor air quality. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% to prevent the growth of these allergens. Dehumidifiers and proper ventilation can help maintain optimal humidity levels, creating a healthier living environment.


The strategies outlined in this article are not just theoretical; they are grounded in research and recommendations from leading health and environmental organizations. By adopting these practices, homeowners can significantly improve the air quality in their homes, leading to better health outcomes and a more comfortable living environment. 

In the pursuit of healthier indoor spaces, small changes can indeed lead to significant benefits. Happy Dwellin!





Subscription banner mobile image 2x