Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways we can work to maintain a clean indoor environment with air quality that supports wellness.

Whether you know it or not, every surface in your home is a potential collecting ground for dust. Left unaddressed, dust accumulations can propagate mold and microbial growth, leading to lower indoor air quality and an increased risk of respiratory illness. With that in mind, let’s look at how often you should vacuum for optimal indoor air quality.

Why should you vacuum?

Dust and debris that accumulate inside stay inside. “There’s little airflow transfer between indoor and outdoor environments, thanks to modern building practices promoting net-zero energy efficiency,” explains Michael Rubino, a mold and air quality expert, environmental wellness advocate, and founder of HomeCleanse. “This means that most microscopic particles, like allergens, mold spores, dust mites, etc., that make their way inside our homes will remain there until they’re actively removed.”

The problem doesn’t end there, either. “Over time, these will build up, lowering the indoor air quality, causing unwanted exposure, increasing the risk of microbial growth and leading to odors,” he says. “Vacuuming is a big piece of the puzzle in eliminating these particles and creating an indoor space with healthy air quality.”

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