Indoor Air Pollution
Most of us tend to think of pollution as something that only occurs outside. However, your indoor air can become polluted without you even realizing it. In fact, the air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside it. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to improve indoor air quality in your home.
Eliminate Smoking in the Home
If you or a loved one smokes, stop doing it in your home. Not only will smoking pollute the air in your home, but it will yellow your walls, furnishings, and other surfaces. According to WebMD, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. That’s quite a lot of pollutants going into your air. By eliminating cigarette smoke alone you could significantly increase the air quality in your home.
Keep Your Floors Clean to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Most of the chemicals and allergens in your home end up settling on your floor. Then, when you and others inside your household walk through the unseen chemicals and allergens, they get dispersed in the air and you breathe them into your lungs. By keeping your floors clean, though, you can regularly rid your home of these impurities. If you have carpeting, vacuum it often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter on it. This will help suck up any toxins. If you have tile or hardwood, simply mop your floors often. Prevent putting even more chemicals into your air by skipping all the chemical cleaners on the market. Just plain water is enough to get the chemicals and allergens off the floor.
Balance Your Humidity Levels
High levels of humidity breed mold and dust mites. By keeping your home at a balanced humidity, you can improve indoor air quality in your home. Aim to keep your humidity level between 30 percent and 50 percent. A dehumidifier can reduce the amount of moisture in the air and control allergens. An air conditioner also does this and helps reduce the pollen count. Make sure you use a dehumidifier when you’re not using an air conditioner. You can also use an exhaust fan or crack open a window when you’re cooking to help control humidity. Also, don’t overwater any plants that you have and make sure your dryer is vented to the outside of your home. Fix any leaky plumbing that you have, too.
Don’t Use Aerosol Sprays
While they might smell good, aerosol sprays put a ton of chemicals in the air that you end up breathing in. Plus, most of them only mask odors instead of eliminating them. Discontinue the use of such sprays. Also, don’t use aerosol spray cans of hairspray or other cosmetic products. Opt for spray pump bottles in all products instead.
Air Out Your Home
Another way to improve indoor air quality is to air out your home periodically. Sometimes you just need a bit of fresh air. On those days when the weather is nice, consider opening up your doors and windows and letting the air circulate throughout your home. Letting in fresh air lets out toxic chemicals. If you suffer from allergies, just make sure to run your air conditioner while you’re airing out your home, and it will help cut down on the amount of pollen allowed to pass through your space.
Everyone wants to breathe clean air. Although there are many toxins in the world today, there are steps you can take to improve indoor air quality in your home and make your world a little safer.
Sanitize Solutions provides mold and odor remediation services to Iowa so that you can achieve the best indoor air quality in your home. Call or text us at (515) 778-8975 to schedule an appointment or discuss your needs.