How Clutter is Ruining Your Indoor Air Quality

Clutter and Indoor Air Quality

Many people link poor indoor air quality to cigarette smoke, chemical pollutants, or the presence of mold or mildew.  Although all of these airborne contaminants pose a serious threat to the overall quality of your home air, clutter can also negatively impact the quality of your indoor air.

1.  A  cluttered room provides more surface area where dust, pollen, and other pollutants can accumulate.

The correlation is simple; the more items that you have lying around your house, the more places allergens and pollutants build up.  If you have piles of items in various rooms throughout your home, you are providing a place for airborne particles to land and accumulate.  The clutter also provides areas where contaminants can settle and go unseen.

2.  A cluttered space is harder to clean

Envision an empty bedroom.  Think of how easy it would be to clean the entire room.  Now envision the very same room cluttered with lots of furniture, piles of books, piles of clothing, and various other types of clutter.  A space that is filled with clutter is harder to clean and requires much more frequent and thorough cleaning

3.  A room with clutter has less air circulation

Good air circulation is necessary for healthy air.  Ideally, you want to let fresh air in your home as often as possible.  You can also use your ventilation system and fans to circulate air throughout the inside of your home.  Clutter build up in your home will reduce the flow of air and lessen the chemical clearing benefits of circulation.

Even if you relegate your clutter to the garage and basement of your home, you are still allowing pollutants and allergens to accumulate.  These contaminants can still make their way into your living space through your ventilation system and the airflow of your home.  Clear the clutter and enjoy breathing healthier indoor air!