It’s a huge misconception that air pollution is something that is exclusive to the outside. In fact, car emissions, smog, people smoking cigarettes, and construction sites are all examples of outside air pollutants.
Yet, most people don’t even realize that these pollutants and others, can enter your home or office, not to mention, the exclusive indoor pollutants such as chemicals from cleaners, dust, mold, and more.
Even if you are not sensitive to such pollutants, you are still at risk of developing health related problems in the future, especially after repeated exposures to indoor pollutants.
It is important to improve your indoor air quality for a number of reasons, including a greater degree of time spent indoors, and how air tight spaces are becoming, keeping heat or cold air in locked in.
Here are 5 tips to improve your indoor air quality:
- Check For Radon - Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that comes from decaying uranium in the soil and any home or office has the potential to have high levels of radon. Testing is easy, inexpensive, and can be done in only a few minutes. If you are experiencing high levels of radon, call an expert right away to handle the situation.
- Don’t Smoke Indoors - If you’re a smoker or live with one, ensure the smoking is done outside. A cigarette contains more than 4,000 different chemicals and has been linked to cancer, respiratory issues, asthma, strokes, heart attacks, and more. When people smoke indoors, it can negatively affect other people in the room via second-hand smoke. Even when someone isn’t smoking, the odors and chemicals cling to furniture and clothing, which can still produce adverse affects.
- Get Rid Of Excess Humidity (Or Add Some!) - Allergens such as dust mites and mold reside at high moisture levels. It’s important to keep humidity levels between 30% - 50% because it keeps them under control. Utilizing dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air conditioning are ways to keep humidity levels balanced.
- Maintain The Cleanliness Of Your Floors - The most daunting task on this list is the maintenance of clean floors! Floors take up the most space in a home or office, and often times, contain tons of dust, dust mites, pollen, and chemicals. Make sure to sweep, vacuum, and mop often to keep these pollutants off the ground and out of the home or office. Another tip is to keep large mats at the front of every door that leads to the outside. This will minimize the spread of pollutants, as the mat will grab hold of some of the dirt.
- Check Air Filters - This is definitely a big one, as many people don’t realize that these need to be checked every so often. Depending on your home or office, filters might need to be changed as frequent as every month or as infrequent as every 6 months. It’s important to make sure these are clean because it will not only effect the indoor air quality, but it can also ruin your HVAC unit entirely.