The Environmental Protection Agency estimates people spend 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air on average is 2-5 times (can be up to 100 times) more contaminated than the outdoor air. It is therefore imperative to make sure the air in your house is as clean as possible. Below are a few ways to improve your indoor air quality.
5 Ways To Improve the Air Quality in your House:
- Do not smoke in your home! Tobacco smoke can contain more than 4,000 chemicals. The smoke from tobacco will produce particulates that can find the tiniest cracks to hide and remain in even after major surfaces are cleaned adding to poor indoor air quality.
- Harness the ability of nature – use indoor plants to help clean the air. Here are a few suggestions: Spider Plants, Aloe Vera, Peace Lilies, and Gerber Daisies. Be certain to monitor the soil moisture levels, maintain only what the plant requires. Excess moisture in the soil may lead to mold growth.
- Regularly change your air handler filter to improve efficiency and indoor air quality. Purchasing a HEPA & VOC reducing filter will help to remove both particulates and chemicals in the air. You might consider a stand-alone purifier with both attributes as well.
- Understand formaldehyde and its common sources. As a known carcinogen, formaldehyde catches a bad rap and rightfully so. Properly ventilate your appliances and off gas plywood products before using them in your home. Don’t forget about that brand new piece of furniture!
- Regularly check the roof, foundation, and high probability moisture areas, such as bathrooms and kitchen, for leaks. This will help reduce the chances of major mold growth.
By applying the 5 suggestions above, you can improve your home’s indoor air quality. With regular air testing you can prevent major indoor air quality problems with early detection and determine the effectiveness of your actions. Click the link below to begin your path to cleaner indoor air for you and your family!