5 Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality
Air pollution has always been associated with the outdoors. You automatically think of smog, acid rain, and smoke being emitted by factories miles away. However, air pollution is much closer than you think. It’s in the air you breathe in your home.
The air in your home isn’t as clean as you’d like to think. In fact, it is more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air is packed with a cocktail of pollutants including lead, fire retardants, radon gas, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds.
These chemicals find their way into your home through many of the things that you bring in including cleaning products, carpets, upholstery and paint. Others are present in the home and only require the right conditions to become problematic e.g. dust mites and mold spores are major allergens that require high moisture levels to propagate and thrive.
If you’re concerned about your health, follow the steps below to improve indoor air quality almost instantly:
- Keep your home fresh
Many allergens and pollutants collect on surfaces in the home over time. You can remove them by cleaning the home. Ensure that you use a HEPA filter when vacuuming surfaces to reduce concentrations of various allergens.
- Control the levels of humidity
Humidity is a major source of concern as it encourages the growth of mold and the propagation of dust mites. You can keep your humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent using a dehumidifier. This will help to control the levels of allergens in the home.
- Let the stale air out
One of the best and easiest ways of improving indoor air quality is by letting the stale air in your home out of the home and letting the fresh air in. You can do this by simply opening the windows in your home.
This isn’t always possible, especially during the winter. You can use a ventilation system that cycles stale air out and draws fresh air into the home without compromising your comfort.
- Use natural products
Using natural products is always a good idea whether you’re concerned about the environment or not. Get rid of air sprays and harsh cleaning products and replace them with natural products for better indoor air quality.
- Limit what you bring into the home
If you fancy being a minimalist, now is a great time to become one. Limit the volume of items you bring into your home to limit the volume of VOC’s emitted.