When you think about air pollution, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most individuals, they associate pollution as something that is outside. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Air inside of your home can become polluted by fire-retardants, formaldehyde, lead, radon and chemicals from the fragrances found in traditional household cleaners. While some pollutants are tracked into your home from those going in and out, others are carried in such as when you purchase a new piece of furniture or paint your walls.
With so much pollution in everything around you, it makes it hard to maintain a healthy environment. That’s why it is so important to work on maintaining the indoor air quality in your home. This is especially true when you have children, elderly individuals and those suffering with asthma and allergies. Even though you might not be able to see all of the contaminants, they are there lurking beneath of the surface. Walking on the floor is enough to stir them up and cause the air to become polluted. To help minimize pollution, try doing some of the following.
- Make sure your floors are nice and fresh at all times. Allergens and chemicals can accumulate in the smallest of dust particles. When you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, it helps to reduce the amount of lead found inside of your home. This also helps eliminate pollen, dust mites, pet dander and PBDEs. Mopping will help get any of the dust your vacuum leaves behind.
- Keep humidity down. The humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent ideally. You can use a dehumidifier to help reduce moisture and keep allergens at bay. Air conditioners reduce indoor pollens. You can hire a professional to fix any leaks and prevent mold from growing. Make sure you have vents going outside for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc.
- Swap out the filters in your HVAC system. By changing your standard filter out and going with a HEPA filter, you can trap more of the contaminants before they enter into your home. This will help improve air quality and reduce allergens as these filters are designed to trap smaller particles that a traditional filter wouldn’t.
If you have any questions about what you can do to improve indoor air quality, contact our team of professionals. We will come out and assess your property to get an idea of what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.