Improving Indoor air quality is important when you spend so many hours indoors in offices and at home. Keeping the air clean and free of dust, mold and allergens is not difficult if cleaning is done on a regular basis.
Contaminated air leads to sneezing, coughing, asthma and other unpleasant reactions. This is often the case during allergy season when pollen is everywhere. Mold and algae can also build up in damp areas causing allergic reactions.
Improving Indoor Air Quality – Keep a smoke free environment at work and in the home
Smoking is not healthy. Nothing pollutes air faster than smoke from cigars, cigarettes, pipes and even the new vaporizers. Burned tobacco smells bad and many people find it irritating to their sinus passages and eyes.
If you must smoke, do it outdoors so the smoke evaporates into the air. Vaping requires the same consideration. The steam from the vape may have an unpleasant odor.
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Newer regulations prohibit smoking in most business offices and public buildings. There are designated public smoking areas outside.
Vacuum and dust frequently
Use a vacuum with strong suction and rotating brushes to pick up all dust and debris in residential and commercial carpeting. Allergens, including pollen and pet dander, attach to your shoes and you bring them inside. A vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will pick up and remove the offending particulates.
A thorough vacuuming will include corners of rooms and under furniture. Vacuum upholstery and ventilation registers. This applies to offices as well as to your home. Some vacuums will do a good job on hard-surface floors. Consider having your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year to get dirt out of the backing.
Mopping will also pick up dirt and pollen from hard-surface floors. There are several types of mops and floor sweepers that work well on all hard surfaces.
Use a good dust cloth and non-toxic spray to remove dust from furniture at home and in the office. This improves air quality and you won’t be sneezing from microscopic particulates on your desk.
Maintain a constant humidity level
Approximately 30% to 50% humidity works for most indoor environments. You many need a dehumidifier during steamy summer months to help your air conditioner in some areas.
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Conversely, a humidifier may be necessary during the winter if your heating system makes the air too dry. A humidifier is also useful in preserving air quality in desert environments all year for a climate controlled home or office.
Check your HVAC ducts and filters
The best way to maintain good air quality is to have clean air ducts, filters and registers in you heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Air ducts can crack allowing clean air to escape and polluted air to find its way into the ductwork.
Mold, mildew and algae can move into the ductwork causing problems if the ducts are not check on a regular basis. Ducts can be easily cleaned and repaired if necessary by HVAC professionals.
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HEPA filters should be changed when they are full of dirt and dust. The entire HVAC system will work more efficiently with clean filters. These filters can be changed at the beginning of allergy season and before winter.
Keeping your home and office clean is the easiest way to improve and maintain good indoor air quality all year.
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