The Importance of Indoor Air Quality: How to Keep Your Home Healthy and Eco-Friendly

In today’s fast-paced world, we often focus on the outdoor environment and its impact on our health and well-being. However, many of us overlook the quality of the air inside our homes. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is crucial to our overall health, productivity, and comfort. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of maintaining good indoor air quality and some eco-friendly ways to keep your home healthy.

Understanding Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality refers to the condition of the air within and around buildings, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of occupants. Poor IAQ can lead to various health issues, including respiratory problems, allergies, and even more severe conditions like asthma. Common indoor air pollutants include dust, pet dander, mold spores, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from household products, and tobacco smoke.

The Importance of Good IAQ

Ensuring good indoor air quality is essential for several reasons. Firstly, we spend a significant amount of time indoors, especially in our homes, where we sleep, eat, work, and relax. Poor IAQ can negatively impact our health and well-being, leading to discomfort and decreased productivity. Additionally, indoor air pollution can exacerbate existing health conditions, such as allergies and asthma, making it crucial to prioritize clean air in our living spaces.

Eco-Friendly Solutions for Better IAQ

Fortunately, there are several eco-friendly measures you can take to improve indoor air quality and create a healthier home environment:

Proper Ventilation

Good ventilation is key to maintaining clean indoor air. Opening windows and doors whenever possible allows fresh air to circulate and helps flush out indoor pollutants. Additionally, installing exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms can help remove moisture and odors, reducing the risk of mold growth and improving IAQ.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

Many conventional household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals and VOCs that can contribute to indoor air pollution. Switching to natural, eco-friendly alternatives can help minimize exposure to harmful substances and improve IAQ. Look for plant-based cleaners or make your own using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.

Invest in Air Purifiers

Air purifiers effectively remove airborne pollutants and allergens from indoor spaces. Look for models with HEPA filters, which can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns, including dust, pollen, and pet dander. Consider placing air purifiers in frequently used rooms, such as bedrooms and living areas, to ensure cleaner air throughout your home.

Maintain Indoor Plants

Beautiful indoor green plants growing in different pots.

Houseplants not only add a touch of greenery to your home but also help improve indoor air quality. Certain plants, such as spider plants, peace lilies, and snake plants, are known for their air-purifying properties and can help remove toxins from the air. Incorporating indoor plants into your décor is a natural and eco-friendly way to enhance IAQ.

Reduce Indoor Pollution

Take steps to minimize sources of indoor pollution to maintain cleaner air. For example, avoid smoking indoors, use exhaust hoods when cooking, and limit the use of candles and air fresheners, which can release harmful chemicals into the air. You can create a healthier environment for you and your family by reducing indoor pollutants.


Maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for creating a healthy and comfortable home environment. By implementing eco-friendly solutions like proper ventilation, natural cleaning products, air purifiers, indoor plants, and reducing indoor pollution, you can improve IAQ and promote better health and well-being for yourself and your loved ones. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in ensuring that the air you breathe inside your home is clean and fresh.


DIY: Clean out that dryer vent

If you’ve ever seen those photos of the nastiness that comes out of a dryer vent, and you love DIY projects, you’ll love knowing that it’s not that difficult of a job.

You don’t have to hire a vent cleaning company because it’s a simple (and satisfying) DIY project.

You’ll need some tools, but other than that, the job is a snap.

Why clean it?

All that stuff in the vent is a safety hazard. Between “… 2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average …” of 13,820 home fires involving clothes dryers, according to Marty Ahrens with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

“One-third (32 percent) of dryer fires were caused by a failure to clean. This appears to be mainly lint build-up,” Ahrens concludes.

Aside from the safety issue, all that rubbish in the vent causes the dryer to work harder and, thus, less effectively, wasting energy.

Gather your tools and get to work

You will need a dryer vent cleaning brush and a vacuum cleaner with a crevice attachment.

  • Disconnect the dryer from the power supply or, for a gas dryer, turn off the gas supply.
  • Drag the dryer away from the wall to give yourself enough room to get behind it.
  • Disconnect the duct connected to the back of the dryer.
  • Insert a vent cleaning brush (available at, and into the opening at the back of the dryer and “… gently twist it around, pulling out any lint,” suggests Jenny McFarlane and Sarah Warwick at
  • By this point, you should have a nasty pile of lint on the floor which you can then vacuum up.

Next, move on to the vent duct (the part that connects to the wall).

  • Disconnect the duct from the wall.
  • Use your hands to remove the lint.
  • Use the vacuum with the crevice attachment to carefully clean inside the vent.

There may be some lint stuck in the dryer vent tubing. Insert the brush into the tubing and push it forward and pull backward. Repeat this several times, at both ends of the tubing,

Don’t neglect the exterior vent

Do you know where your dryer’s exterior vent is? “For most dryer models, you can’t run the exhaust duct more than 25 feet from the dryer to the exhaust port,” according to the experts at

They go on to suggest that if you can’t find it nearby, “… check the basement wall or the attic/roof.”

  • Remove the vent cover
  • Use the brush to loosen the lint inside the duct, and the vacuum to remove it.
  • Replace the cover and you’re finished!

Before you call it a day and a job well-done, check behind the dryer to ensure you’ve cleaned up all the lint off the floor. Otherwise, a fire hazard still exists.

Test your handiwork

  • Reconnect the dryer to the power outlet or turn the gas back on.
  • Push the dryer back into place.
  • Run the dryer for about 15 minutes on the air cycle (often called the “fluff” cycle) to ensure everything is working as it should.