How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

We’re all aware of air pollution and often think of the problem on a worldwide scale. However, research by John Hopkins University has found that pollution in indoor areas affects us twice as much as fossil fuel emissions in the outdoor air. You’ll be surprised to discover that the main culprits are everyday items deemed essential to comfortable living. Thankfully, there are many ways to quickly and easily improve the air quality in your home.


The UK is becoming more health conscious and as such there are fewer smokers than ever. If you happen to be a smoker and smoke in the home, the quickest way to improve the indoor air quality for everyone is to stop smoking in the home. Start smoking outside and you’ll prevent 4,000 chemicals from being released into the air from second hand smoke. At least 43 of these are known to be carcinogenic and all chemicals from smoke embed themselves in upholstery, carpeting, ceilings and walls.


It may be your go-to item after a shower, but an everyday aerosol can is filled with harmful chemicals. To minimise the affects an aerosol has on air quality, spray the can when you are near to an open window. This can be ideal after a bath or shower as the open window will circulate fresh air and get rid of the chemicals and the airborne moisture from the bath or shower.

House Plants

An easy way to make the home brighter and more airy by investing in house plants. A plant will naturally attract harmful airborne moulds and fungus and neutralise them. Plants also remove carbon dioxides and nitrogen from the air to use in the process of photosynthesis.

Clean Walls

Walls may look clean but it’s only when you look closer that you’ll notice cobwebs, dust, dirt, grease, mould, oil and soap scum depending on which room you’re in. Use antibacterial wipes or spray and a cloth to remove the worst of the germs and enjoy a fresher cleaner home all round.

Clean Bedding

It seems the most comfy and cosy thing in the house, but once your bed covers have been used for over a week, they harbour a fair few nasties. Like anything made of fabric, beds trap dust, skin and hair and this attracts dust mites and in worse cases, bed bugs. If you change your sheets more often, you’ll also improve the scent of your home as well as the air you breathe whilst asleep.

Air Conditioning

An air conditioner circulates indoor air and works best with the windows shut. As air enters the air conditioner it is filtered to remove allergens, dust and other pollutants and is therefore the ideal machine for improving air quality in your home. As long as the AC is well maintained, with regular filter changes and a periodic dusting of the air intake, it will continue to clean the air in your home, day in day out.

FM Mechanical Ltd supply and install air conditioning systems to domestic and commercial clients throughout Sheffield, Barnsley, South Yorkshire and beyond. Our fully qualified engineers bring their experience and knowledge to you, and provide swift and safe installation of your air conditioning to keep the air in your home fresh and clean. To find out more about all of our services, contact us today.