Everyone appreciates a clean home, but we often overlook the one thing we can’t actually see; the air quality. All sorts of things can easily be lurking in your home’s air such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, lead, and even toxic chemicals from cleaning supplies or fragrances. Modern homes are increasingly airtight, and we spend more and more time indoors which makes this a growing problem. Luckily, with a few tips, you can work to increase the air quality in your home.

The first and most obvious solution is simply to keep your house clean. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and make sure you use it regularly. For your hard surfaces use a wet cloth that will trap dust rather than using a feather duster. Another great trick is simply to prevent dirt from coming into the house in the first place. Make sure you have rugs at all the entrances to your home and don’t wear your shoes inside.

If your home uses a forced air heating and cooling system, it is essential to check and maintain the filter. Replace these at or before the time recommended by the manufacturer. Some exhaust fans, such as the one above your stove, use filters as well. Make sure these are serviced regularly. Speaking of exhaust fans, make sure you use them!

While fragrances can be an easy solution to making the air in your home feel better, they might not be as helpful as you think as they can contain all sorts of chemicals. Take the time to learn more about any products you’re using and try and go the natural route if possible.

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to air quality is moisture. High humidity or excessive moisture anywhere in the home can cause major problems and turn to dangerous mold. Make sure your bathroom has an exhaust fan and make sure you use it. Houseplants can be a great addition to your home that can aid air quality, but make sure you don’t over-water them. If you have any concerns about mold in the home, don’t wait to act. Contact a professional to conduct a mold test immediately. According to Dan Brave of Expert Mold Test, even small amounts of mold inside your home can cause serious health issues. Dan stresses the importance of air testing to make sure your home is absolutely mold free.

The air quality in your home is incredibly important, but it’s often overlooked. If your home looks clean, then the air must be fine right? We now know that this isn’t the case, but as a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to educate yourself and ensure the air quality in your home is safe for you and your family.