How to Improve
Indoor Air Quality
How to improve indoor air quality has become a major concern for our ever increasing health conscience society. Why... because Americans now spend about 90% of their lives indoors with 65% of that time in their own homes. The need to improve indoor air quality has also been augmented by the fact that we are building homes that are ever more energy efficient today.
When I was a kid, we opened the windows and let the fresh air blow in. Today this may only happen for a few brief weeks in the Spring before we start our air conditioners. And then again in the Fall before we crank up the furnace.
Here is a simple guide to start improving the
indoor air quality in your home...
- Use natural household cleaning products. Many natural products today are just as effective as our old favorites and reduce our exposure to airborne toxic substances. Learn more...
- Use natural pest control measures to help the environment and limit the build up of these in the home.
- Make sure that your kitchen, bathroom and dryer vents are clean functioning properly. These outlets for harmful gases play an important role in ridding the home of indoor pollutants. Learn more...
- Do not allow smoking in your home.
- Reduce biological contaminants by cleaning humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners regularly. Clean the condensation water tray under your refrigerator, these are designed evaporate the condensate by blowing warm air over the pan from the compressor. These can can become mold spore factories.
- If you have pets special care must be taken to keep the house clean.
- Change filters on central cooling and heating systems regularly. Not only will you save on your energy bill, but you will improve the IAQ of your home as the air will be able to circulate optimally through the filter.
- Have your combustion appliances serviced yearly to prevent elevated carbon monoxide levels. Consider installing a monitor.
- Test for radon gas. Learn more...
- Certain house plants can help to improve your air quality.
- Purchase green products to limit exposure to volatile organic compounds.
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