How to Air Out a House

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Things You'll Need

  • Fan

  • Vacuum cleaner

The air inside your home may be polluting your lungs and creating hazardous health risks without your knowledge, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Common indoor pollutants include secondhand smoke, mold, radon and various other silent dangers. From time to time, you must air out your home to reduce the presence of these pollutants. While you can achieve modest results by opening all of your doors and windows for a couple of hours, you can achieve the same results, without overexposing your whole home to the elements, simply by using a more tactful approach.


Step 1

Open a window and place a fan in the open space. Turn the fan on, using the highest setting available, and point it into the room to create an air current that draws clean air from outside into the room.

Step 2

Go into the adjoining room and open at least one window. Leave it open to circulate the air in the room.


Step 3

Close the window in the second room after approximately 30 minutes, then go into the next room and open the window in that room. The window in the first room (with the fan) must remain open at all times, with the fan running.

Step 4

Leave that window open for 30 minutes, then close it, move into the next room and open the window there. Continue doing this until every room has had a chance to air out.


Step 5

Turn off the fan and close the window in the original room when you're done.


Vacuum your carpet while airing out your home in order to more effectively eliminate contaminants. Dangerous substances like mildew can lurk inside of carpets, and vacuuming will make your home feel even more fresh when you finish the airing process.


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Chris Anzalone

Chris Anzalone has been writing professionally since 2001. He is a former staff writer and associate editor for Opposing Views, a popular news media website that tackles issues of the day from multiple perspectives. Anzalone holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Riverside.