Air Pollution. If you are like most, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this is the outdoors. But, the truth of the matter is, the air quality in our homes and businesses can sometimes contain more air pollution than the air outside. There are a wide variety of pollutants that can be found in your indoor air including:
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- Volatile Chemicals
- Microscopic Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
- And More!
These pollutants can enter your home with the arrival of a new mattress, the use of fragrances like room sprays and even conventional cleaners. So what can you do to to get rid of these pollutants and improve your indoor air quality? Here are five steps you can take to breathe easier.
HEPA Filters Make A Difference in Your Indoor Air Quality
HEPA Filters in your vacuum can make a huge difference. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, you can reduce the amount of lead-laden dust in the space. Vacuums with HEPA filters can also remove other pollutants and allergens. This can include:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
The HEPA filters make sure that the pollutants won’t get back into your air through the vacuum exhaust. For the benefits, be sure to wash your filter regularly and vacuum at least twice a week.
Don’t Forget The Bare Surfaces for Better Indoor Air Quality
While your vacuum and HEPA filter may be fantastically awesome, it won’t get everything. It is important to mop away the dust that a vacuum will leave behind. This includes bare surfaces like floors and furniture surfaces. Plain water and a clean mop head or dust-cloth will do the trick. In recent years, more products like microfiber mops and dust cloths are designed to trap even more dust and dirt than other, more traditional materials.
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Welcome It In
People can bring in all sorts of pollutants from the outside on their shoes. Aside from barring shoes in your home, a great way to improve indoor air quality is to welcome it, so to speak. By placing a large welcome mat at every entrance in your home, you can reduce the amount of dirt, pesticides and other pollutants that are brought into your home from shoes.
No Smoking Zone
Secondhand cigarette smoke is perhaps the largest contributor to indoor air pollution since it can contain more than 4,000 chemicals. Secondhand smoke and the pollutants it contains has been linked to a multitude of health risks in both children and adults including:
- Ear and Respiratory Infections
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Heart Attacks
Too much moisture in your indoor air could spell trouble. Too much moisture in the air could create a breeding ground for dust mites and mold. To improve your indoor air quality and effectively control allergens, like pollen, keep the humidity in your space around 30% – 50%. Running the air conditioner in the summer helps to reduce the moisture (and indoor pollen count) but there are other ways you can help keep your home dehumidified.
- Crack a window or run the exhaust fan when cooking, bathing or running the dishwasher
- Make sure the clothes dryer is properly vented
- Repair plumbing leaks immediately to prevent mold
- Don’t overwater your plants
- Keep drip pans in air conditioning and dehumidifier systems empty
Breathe Easier With Improved Indoor Air Quality
No matter what steps you take to improve your indoor air quality, any step will help. Fresh air from open windows, the addition of indoor houseplants, and the use of non-aerosol sprays and fragrance-free laundry products are all easy and inexpensive ways to improve your indoor air quality.
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