Even before the stay-at-home orders, Americans were spending about 90 percent of their time indoors. That can be a problem, though, since the EPA reports that the concentration of air pollution is often “2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”

While outdoor pollutants can be visible in smog, haze, and smoke, the status of your indoor air can often go unnoticed. Here are three helpful hints to help you improve the air quality in your apartment.

Air Conditioners

Believe it or not, your air conditioner is also playing a vital role in improving the air quality in your apartment. If you didn’t already know, your air conditioner removes moisture from the atmosphere, creating a slightly dry climate inside your apartment. Many irritants are water-soluble, so this can help improve the quality of your air. Make sure your air conditioner is working properly. If it’s not, submit a service request through the resident portal.

Gas Stoves

Always keep a window open when cooking with a gas stove; doing otherwise could lead to a risk of nitrogen dioxide build-up. Opening your windows in and around the kitchen, or even turning on an exhaust fan if you have one, can help make these noxious fumes disappear much quicker. Make sure to always close your windows when fumes completely go out once you’re finished cooking.

Indoor Gardens

A fantastic technique to reduce indoor air pollution is to grow plants indoors. Indoor gardening can be used just to decorate, but many plants can help you reduce levels of pollutants in your air. For example, aloe vera helps filter benzene and formaldehyde, as do spider plant and snake plant. It’s one of the reasons you often see flowers and trees in restaurants and shopping malls. Just like your apartment, even office buildings can utilize indoor gardening as well.

With all the time we’re spending indoors, now is the perfect time to pay attention to the quality of our air. By applying these helpful hints, you can significantly improve the quality of the air inside your apartment. So what are you waiting for? Let’s make your air fresh and clean once again.