Everyone should be concerned with the quality of the air at home and work. An Indoor Environmental Survey can help determine if you need to act and help clean up your indoor air quality, which could have a considerable impact on your health. Here are some easy tips to follow below so you can enjoy better indoor air quality. None of these solutions are expensive or require days of your time.
A Regular Cleaning Schedule Eliminates Allergens
Living and working spaces left un-cleaned for extended periods of time are often chock full of all different types of irritants and allergens. Do everyone in you building an enormous favor by sweeping the space at least once per week. Be sure to dust as well. Use a damp cloth that will allow you to clean those spaces that are hard to reach. Clean off everything you can to reduce the dirt, mold, dust and allergens.
Decrease Chemical Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality
The quality of your indoor air is partially tied to the types of household cleaning products you use. Opt for low-emitting cleaners that have been certified by third parties and labeled with the seal of reputable organizations like Green Seal. Do your best to avoid harsh cleaners, especially those that are solvent based. You can really boost your indoor air quality by having smokers do their thing outside. Smoking introduces thousands of nasty pollutants into your indoor environment.
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Vacuum Like a Pro
Don’t cut any corners when it comes to vacuuming. Whether you do the vacuuming yourself or hire someone else to do it, it is imperative that the space receives a thorough vacuuming on a regular basis. Use a high efficiency particulate air, also known as “HEPA” vacuum cleaner along with some disposable bags and microfiber cloths. Some people even lightly vacuum the walls to ensure that all of the indoor pollutants hanging onto the walls are taken care of.
Clean or Change the HVAC System Filters
Be sure to inspect your HVAC systems in-depth at the start of each year and six to twelve months later. Take a close look at the filters for your furnace, air conditioner, air purifier and so on. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the filters cleaning schedule and when they should be rotated out for new ones.
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Air out the Space Every So Often
Indoor air eventually becomes a bit stale over time. Freshen up the room by opening a window. Even if you can only open the window for a few minutes, the fresh air will help.
Mind the Humidity
If the humidity level approaches the 50 percent mark or higher, you should know that you run the risk of mold growth. Try to keep the building’s humidity level around 45 percent for optimal indoor air quality. Most people find that an indoor humidity level below 30 percent is excessively dry. Use a humidifier or vaporizer to boost the humidity in your indoor living or working space. If the outdoor air is fairly dry, open the windows to lower the humidity.
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Add Some Green Plants to Your Living and Working Spaces
The office and home can become awfully boring places with low-quality air. Liven things up with a few plants. They will add to the space’s aesthetic, increase the quality of air and maybe even improve morale. Place plants 50 feet apart in the home and you might be able to cut down on the environment’s VOCs. House plants are able to boost indoor air quality as they filter carbon dioxide. Just be sure to water them at the appropriate times so that they do not become overly-moist sources of mold growth themselves.
Contract for Professional Air Quality Survey’s
Hire some professionals to come evaluate your Indoor Air Quality. By hiring Certified Indoor Environmentalists (CIE) and/or Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) you can rest assured that your indoor air quality is properly evaluated. Most of the time, a reputable company will also be able to offer cleanup or remediation of any problems found during the survey.