How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Does your home seem unusually dusty? Are you constantly coping with the sniffles? Is static electricity a problem in your home? If so, you could be the victim of poor indoor air quality. It’s a condition that can adversely affect your family’s health, comfort; it can even damage your home.
How Poor Air Quality Can Impact Your Health
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 50% of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. These pollutants can take several forms, including these:
- Tiny particles and biological contaminants like pollen, dirt, mold, bacteria, pet dander, dust mites, and viruses can trigger allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems.
- Odors and chemical vapors from sources like perfumes, cleaning supplies, paints, pets and cooking fumes can cause headaches, fatigue and allergic reactions.
What’s more, too little humidity can cause dry skin, sore throats and increase the risk of infections and respiratory ailments
7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Here’s how you can breathe cleaner, healthier indoor air, especially during the fall and winter when you spend more time indoors with the windows closed:
- Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and particulates that build up indoors; be sure to change vacuum filter bags or clean dirt cups often. That helps ensure dust and dirt won’t revisit your living spaces.
- Buy and nurture house plants known for their air purifying impact. These include English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Peace Lily, Boston Fern and others.
- Purchase and use only non-toxic materials and furnishings, including wall finishes, caulks, adhesives, upholstered furniture, and carpeting.
- Use natural cleaning products which contain no volatile organic compounds or toxic chemicals.
- Remove your shoes when you come indoors to prevent a host of dirt, dust and other particles from spreading throughout your home.
- Check air and furnace filters at least every two months and replace or clean them as needed.
- Encase your mattress and pillows in plastic to protect against dust mites.
For a broader and more complete solution, contact Correct Temp to discuss the several means we employ to provide local families with clean, pollutant-free indoor air all year long.