Air pollution is a major concern, but what many homeowners don’t know is that it’s not only outdoors. Indoor air pollution is a bigger problem than most people think. In fact, studies show that healthy indoor air quality not only provides a healthier living space, but it can also reduce respiratory symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Check Air Filters
Clean air filters are your best line of defense against unhealthy indoor air quality. Dirty or clogged air filters become ineffective when full of dirt and debris. Check your air filters regularly and replace when needed. Installing HEPA air filter purifiers also help to remove volatile organic compounds VOC’s, which can cause allergic and asthma-like symptoms.
Proper ventilation is also important for circulating indoor air and removing any contaminants from inside your home. Check your HVAC system regularly to ensure that it’s properly ventilating air. It’s also a good idea to schedule HVAC routine maintenance at least twice a year to inspect for other potential issues.
Keep Your Home Clean
You can eliminate indoor air pollution by keeping your home clean. Vacuum regularly to eliminate excess dust and pet dander. If you have pets, regular bathing can significantly reduce the amount of pet dander circulating inside your home. Wipe down hard surfaces on a regular basis to keep dust at a minimum. Changing your vacuum bag when it’s full also prevents airborne allergens from being released back into the air.
Avoid Synthetic Fragrances
Who doesn’t like the smell of fresh laundry? Unfortunately, laundry detergents and indoor air fresheners contain synthetic fragrances, which when released into the air, become harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). To keep your indoor air fresh, only buy fragrance-free detergent and use natural air fresheners.