3 Factors Which Can Lower the Air Quality in Your Home

A lot of attention is sometimes paid to the air quality in public spaces in cities across Australia, but not that many people stop to consider the quality of the air in their own home. While pollution from passing traffic on city streets can affect your health, it is likely that the air quality in your own home is having a much bigger impact. Poor air quality can cause and exacerbate many medical conditions, such as asthma and COPD. Below is a guide which will help you to understand the possible causes of poor air quality in your home.

Cleaning products

Many people keep a stock of powerful cleaning chemicals in their home, believing that these products will help to keep them safe. However, some of these cleaning products contain noxious chemicals which could be harmful to you if they are allowed to build up within a confined space in your home. You should carefully read the label on any cleaning product you buy and follow the storage instructions. You should also make sure that the bottles containing the chemicals are well sealed after use.


Dust consists of pollen from plants, dead skin cells from humans and animals and other debris. However, dust can often be hard to detect. For example, a dusty rug will often appear clean until it is whacked with a duster, releasing a cloud of contaminants. Any soft furnishings such as carpets, curtains or upholstered sofas and chairs will all trap dust. Dust can trigger breathing problems in people with asthma and may cause some people to experience an allergic reaction in which their eyes water and they cannot stop sneezing. The best way to combat this problem is to regularly hoover the soft furnishings in your home and to run a soft damp cloth over the tops of bookshelves and tables.

Cigarette smoke

The smoke generated by a cigarette is highly dangerous to human health. This is the reason that it is generally not acceptable to smoke in a public space anymore, as you are exposing other people to toxic chemicals and lowering the air quality. However, smoking in your own home could be severely reducing the air quality. Studies have found that the toxic particles found in cigarette smoke can linger in carpets and soft furnishings for days afterwards. The best way to combat this problem is to quit smoking. Not only will you improve the air quality in your home, but you will also improve your health.

For further advice about improving the air quality in your home, you should contact an air quality consulting company.