How Clutter Affects Indoor Air Quality
The more items you collect, the less you’re probably considering the impact they can have on your indoor air quality if you let them pile up and reach the point of clutter. Too much clutter, mold, mildew, and the buildup of other types of pollutants around the house can lead to poor indoor air quality.
Here’s the impact clutter can have on the quality of your air.
1. Some Pollutants are Harder to Clean
Pollutants like mold and mildew from water damage can be detrimental to the health of your indoor air. They hide in moist areas where most families store things, areas like the garage, kitchen, and laundry room.
They can lead to health problems and trigger allergens and asthma. Letting areas of your home collect mold and mildew without addressing them with professional help can lead to long-term problems for your home.
So, it’s important to address pollutants that are damaging your home with help from a professional mold restoration specialist.
2. Clutter is Hard to Clean After a While
Sometimes cleaning that room you’ve been meaning to clean for a while is hard to do. Maybe you just don’t feel like cleaning, but after a while, letting clutter buildup makes it harder to get rid of. Clutter can lead to dust buildup in forgettable areas like cluttered tabletops, shelving, and dressers.
Dust is one of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality since your home’s HVAC system’s filter has to work harder to trap dust. If the dust begins to become too much, your HVAC system can overwork itself as a result. We recommend cleaning clutter and getting rid of the dust on surfaces, as well as changing your air filter regularly.
3. Clutter Leads to Less Air Circulation
Poor air circulation is bad for your health, so making sure your home has good air circulation is important. When you take time to declutter those areas you’ve been putting off for a while, try opening a window as you clean. Fresh air is a great way to improve air circulation and indoor air quality! Your air filter will filter out the bad things like pollen, dust, and pet dander.