Have you taken the time to compile your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Prioritizing your health and the well being of your family should be at the very top of any resolution list. Along with making plans to eat healthier and exercise more often, make a commitment to take steps towards cleaner indoor air this year.
Indoor air quality is often overlooked in most homes. Many people are aware of carbon monoxide and the threat it poses to indoor air but they are not aware of the hundreds of other threats that affect indoor air quality and have a negative impact on health. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home will provide you with protection against this deadly odorless gas, but what about the hundreds of other airborne threats?
The truth is that there are potential sources of air pollution in just about every room of your house. These threats can come from biological or chemical sources. Common household fixtures such as space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters release gases and particulates into the air. Hundreds of VOCs are found in common household items such as laundry detergent, household cleaners, air fresheners, and dozens of other everyday items.
Common allergens are estimated to be anywhere from 10-100 fold higher indoors than out. The most common causes of indoor allergies are mold, pet dander, and dust mites. Allergens can build up during the winter months to unhealthy and dangerous levels.
What steps can you take towards healthier indoor air?
The easiest thing that you can do is to allow better air circulation in your home by opening up doors and windows and letting some fresh air flow throughout your house. Even in the winter months when the temperatures dip below freezing, try and open up a window a crack for a few hours to let some fresh air inside.
Next, it is important to know which pollutants are present in your home at an unhealthy level. The only way that you can ascertain the details about the biological and chemical pollutants contaminating your home air is by purchasing a HomeAir Test kit for a thorough analysis. Once you identify any potential threats you can take proper steps towards remediation.
Finally, keep your home clean. Vacuum your home every few days with a HEPA filtered model and use your attachments to clean upholstered furniture and to reach into corners and crevices. Dust with a microfiber cloth designed to trap allergens and dust.
Make healthy indoor air a top priority in 2016!