Most people are aware of the dangers of polluted outdoor air, but the fact that indoor air can also be polluted is something that still needs to be discussed a lot more. Indoor air pollutants can come from a lot of sources, such as polluted outdoor air finding its way indoors. Or even the daily household items that you use, particularly aerosol sprays. Since we spend most of our time indoors (approximately 90%), it’s safe to say that polluted indoor air definitely poses a threat to health.
There are a number of ways to keep indoor air healthy, and thereby keeping your family’s health in good status. Check out 4 ways that this can be done:
- Improve Ventilation: Ventilation means more than just simply opening a door or window, although that is the general idea for it. Rather, its ensuring that the air that circulates inside can find its way out, but at the same time, minimizing bad air from coming in. Outdoor air also has its fair share of pollutants that you don’t want in your home, so proper ventilation must be carefully planned.
- Clean Regularly: Dust, pet dander, bacteria, molds, and mildew are just some of what can build up all over your home. They are also considered air pollutants that can potentially trigger your or your child’s asthma symptoms. Cleaning regularly can lesson that amount of pollutants in indoor air, and gives your HVAC systems a break in the filtration process.
- Minimize Chemical Usage: Chemicals such as your bug sprays, air fresheners, perfumes, and even the cooking spray that you use every day in the kitchen can contribute to the level of pollution in the air inside your home. They may also contain harmful substances that, when inhaled, might trigger allergic reactions in family members who are allergic to them. Rather than covering up bad odor by spraying some air freshener into a room, consider finding the source for the bad odor and eliminating it. This works a whole lot better in the long run, while at the same time, keeps you from having to add more pollutants into the air that you breathe indoors.
- Change Air Filters: Air filters, as their name suggests, filters that air that circulates in your home. They are installed in vents, furnaces, as well as in your HVAC system in order to make sure that the air that gets reintroduced indoors is clean and free from harmful particles. Changing out your air filters regularly is the key to making sure your HVAC continues to work well and spews out fresh clean air every time. When purchasing new air ones, always check to see that you have the right sized air filter for your system.
The state of indoor air can be deceptive, and there have been studies that showed just how deadly indoor air pollution can be if left unattended. Ensuring that the air that you breathe indoors is clean is keeps illnesses at bay, and can prevent unwanted expenses for health and premature HVAC system repairs or replacements.