Do you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times dirtier and up to 10 times more toxic than outdoor air? This is because the lack of airflow indoors causes potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces.

Indoor air pollution, such as mold, dirt, pet hair, fine particles, and carbon monoxide – can have serious immediate and long-term effects on your health. Everyday annoyances such as dry eyes, headaches, and fatigue could actually be a result of your home's poor air quality — and chances are you don't even know it.

That's why you should pay attention to improving the air that you breathe at home. To help we have collected 9 ways to improve the air quality in your home and, hopefully, your quality of life.

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1. Clean your air vents

The first thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home is to clean out your air vents. Along with helping your heating and cooling systems run more smoothly (too much dirt slows them down), you won't have to dust nearly as often and you'll be breathing in much cleaner air.

2. Change your air filters

Switch-out your filters at the start of every season—or every month if you have pets and/or bad allergies—to improve your overall air quality.

3. Change and clean bedding regularly (especially pillows)

Make a habit of washing pillows, sheets, and comforters on a weekly basis to reduce your exposure to allergens and dust mites while sleeping.

4. Avoid scented products

Perfumed products are packed with toxic chemicals (like toluene and benzene) and other harmful irritants, so opt for some air-friendly aromatics instead.

5. Switch laundry detergents and fabric softeners

Commonly used laundry detergents and fabric softeners often contain toxic ingredients—even carcinogens!—that can aggravate your lungs, nose and throat. So go with a natural alternative the next time you're stuck doing laundry, or better yet: just DIY your own.

6. Forget air fresheners

According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), most store-bought air fresheners, plug-ins and air sanitizers contain a slew of toxic ingredients—acetone, butane, propane, and formaldehyde—all of which are linked to serious respiratory problems. Before you resort to harmful chemical sprays and plug-ins, try opening a window and let in some fresh air.

7. Invest in an air purifier

Although they can get pricey, electronic air purifiers can work wonders for a stuffy room. On top of capturing all sorts of ultrafine, airborne particles (pet dander, pollen, and bacteria to name a few), they help increase airflow and circulation.

8. Keep houseplants at home

Because of their ability to filter carbon dioxide, certain houseplants are actually known to purify your indoor air. Place a few potted plants throughout your place to absorb indoor toxins and jumpstart oxygen production.

9. Consider buying an air quality monitor

Another good investment in your health is to buy an air quality monitor. It is important to recognize potential threats in the air immediately so you can take the necessary measures before they affect you. Atmotube PRO alerts you to high concentrations of particulate matter such as PM2.5 caused by tobacco smoke, cooking, burning candles, etc as well as VOCs.