We all know that there are many health issues related to air pollution. But most people only think of polluted air as an issue that occurs outdoors. Researchers have discovered that the air in many homes can contain ten times the pollution of outside air. Part of the problem is the air-tight quality of the homes in . New building practices meant to lower heating and cooling costs have reduced the ventilation and air circulation in our homes. The result is more pollution concentration in the air that you breathe when you are in your home. Below are six simple practices that you can adopt to improve the air quality in your home and ensure that everyone remains healthy and happy.
Promote Air Circulation
An open space feels very welcoming and calming. It also promotes good airflow in your home. Limit the amount of furniture in each room. Be sure that none of the large pieces are blocking HVAC registers and limit large items in front of windows. When the weather permits and the outside air quality is high, open windows and doors to increase the flow of fresh air into your home.
Use You Range Hood
It can be easy to forget to flip the range hood on when you are cooking. This fan can be used for more than removing cooking odors and excessive heat. It is a great tool to increase airflow and help pull pollution-filled air from your home. When used in conjunction with open windows, your range hood will substantially increase the amount of fresh air flowing into your home.
Focus On Healthy Habits
While cleaning is not much fun, it is essential for the health of everyone in your home. It is recommended that you vacuum twice a week to remove dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. Dusting and cleaning curtains and fabric furniture is also essential to remove particles that contaminate your indoor air. You might also want to think about a central vacuum system. Unlike traditional sweeper or vacuum models, these systems vent the air outside rather than back into your home.
Eliminate Excess Moisture
If there is too much humidity in your home, over 50%, you are likely to have mold and mildew issues. Activities like cooking and showering can significantly increase your home’s moisture leave and create the ideal breeding ground for mold. The airborne mold spores often act as a trigger for allergies and asthma. They can also lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, and other potentially severe health issues. Using exhaust fans, opening windows, and installing an air exchanger are ways to combat moisture and the mold growth it can promote in your home.
Volatile Organic Compounds can be found in some air fresheners, scented candles, cleaning products, and furnishings. Carefully read the label of any item or product that you are bringing into your home. Cleaners are a major contributor to VOCs in many homes. Homemade products are often just as effective but eliminate the potentially harmful chemical compounds in commercial products.
Be Vigilant About Maintenance
Regular care and cleaning of your HVAC system are essential to remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants from your home’s air. This includes regular inspections of air filters and changing them as needed to continue to remove as many toxins and pollutants as possible.
Call (318) 202-9144 to speak to the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing if you have questions about improving your home’s air quality. Our experts have several devices that can help purify and move air more effectively throughout your home to improve air quality.