According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is two to five times worse than outdoor air. IAQ is not only important to your health but, also the comfort of your home. Listed below are the ways you can improve Indoor Air Quality in your home.
- Eliminating The Source Of Pollution/Reducing Emissions: Some containers can be sealed or covered, eliminating the source of pollution altogether. Others can be adjusted to reduce the amount of emissions let out into the air. Source control is a more cost efficient approach as opposed to increasing ventilation. Increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.
- Ventilation: To lower the amount of pollutants inside, open a window to let in outdoor air. Ventilation helps remove/dilute indoor airborne pollutants coming from indoor sources. It also reduces the level of contaminants.
- Cleaned Air Ducts: Due to dust, debris, allergens and mold, air ducts need to be cleaned. Regular cleanings help prevent allergies, asthma or other issues from occurring.
- Pet Dander: Pets can carry in dirt, dust and other substances within their fur from outside. To prevent those substances from getting into your air, regularly brush or clean them off before going inside. Your pet will definitely appreciate this extra attention.
- Clean Your Chimney: Wood-burning in the fire place can potentially be harmful to your health. The smoke can buildup and cause dangerous side affects if your chimney doesn’t have proper ventilation. When having a fire be sure your chimney has been throughly cleaned.
- Keep it Clean: Dust as well as other allergens can quickly cover floors and other surfaces throughout your house. Dust and vacuum regularly to cancel out these problems.
- Doormat/Shoes: Since dirt and other substances are easily transferred from one thing to the next, it’s very easy for them to get brought into the house. To ensure this doesn’t happen make sure you brush your feet off on a doormat right outside your house. Also, take your shoes off right when you get inside so you don’t track the dirt and other substances all throughout the house.
- Laundry: Make sure to launder new fabric before using it, to ensure the chemicals are washed off. Common household fabrics include curtains, towels, and linens.
- Smoke: Smoking gives off a ton of pollution, as well as second-hand smoke. Keep your home smoke free to help your health and Indoor Air Quality.
- Monitor Humidity Levels: Make sure your humidity level stays below 50%. This helps prevent mold from developing.
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