On average, Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. That means they are breathing indoor air far more often than outside. The problem with that is the air quality inside a typical American home is worse than the air they breathe outdoors. It is important to take measure to improve indoor air quality to make breathing easier.
Here are some tips for improving the air quality inside your home:
- Keep pollution sources outside. Chemical cleaners, pesticides, air fresheners, paint thinners, solvents, and synthetic products can release a variety of pollutants into the indoor air. Choose low or no-VOC paints inside your home. Look for furniture, carpeting, cabinetry, and flooring options that come from green building sources. Otherwise, you may be breathing in VOCs and even formaldehyde.
- Get the air flowing through your home. Modern homes are built tight to maximize energy efficiency. That is great for your energy bills. However, it allows pollutants to build up in your indoor air. Getting fresh air into the home is critical for improving the air inside your home. Use attic, kitchen, and bathroom fans to remove stagnant, humid, or smelly air. Open windows on nice days to refresh the air inside.
- Test for radon. Radon is a natural, radioactive gas emitted from the soil in some locations. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., right behind smoking. A radon test does not cost much. If you find radon, you can install a removal system to prevent it from entering your home.
- Maintain humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. If humidity levels get too high, mildew, mold, and dust mites thrive. Your air quality will suffer as mold spores and dust mite debris circulates.
- Add an air cleaner to your home. You can have an HVAC professional install a whole-house model into your ducts. It will grab fine particulates in the air before they get blown out the vents.
If you want to talk about other ways to improve indoor air quality in your home, contact us here at McDevitt Air.
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