How To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air is More Polluted than Outdoor Air

Did you know the quality of air inside your home is more polluted than the air outside of your home?

Indoor Air Quality

Yes, while many people would assume that the air outside of their homes would be more polluted, in fact, it’s the air inside of our own homes that’s more polluted and poses a threat to our health. The reason that the quality of our indoor air poses a threat to our health is because our homes are loaded with toxins that you would never even begin to imagine exist. Combine that with the fact that people spend a majority of their time indoors, either at home, in school or at work and you have a recipe for health issues.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Causes of poor indoor quality are from common household toxins and pollutants such as:

  • Oil
  • Kerosene
  • Lead
  • Paint
  • Household Cleaners
  • Personal Care Products
  • Gas
  • Coal
  • Wood
  • Mold
  • Dust Mites
  • Pollutants carried in from the outdoors.
  • Poor ventilation, and the list goes on and on!

The Importance of Proper Ventilation

Most homes and buildings these days are airtight, which makes it harder to keep indoor air clean. You want to ensure that your home is properly ventilated, because when a home or building is not properly ventilated, then these toxins and pollutants build up in the air. That’s when you have problems.

Health Effects from Indoor Air Pollutants

Indoor air pollutants can cause both short-term health effects and long-term health effects. Sensivity to pollutants can also very from person to person. Common immediate health effects can include irritation of the nose, eyes and throat, dizziness, fatigue and headaches. Identifying the pollutant that is causing these problems and eliminating the person suffering’s exposure to the pollutant can help treat the persons symptoms.

Other immediate symptoms can be the triggering of allergy symptoms, asthma symptoms, pneumonia, etc. Long-term exposure can be debilitating and/or deadly at times, which is why it’s important to act now and improve the quality of your indoor air. Long-term exposure may include cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness.

Take These 10 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Identify the Source:  Improve the quality of your air by identifying and removing the source of poor air quality.
  2. Proper Ventilation:  Make sure that your home is properly ventilated. Heating and cooling systems with forced air make it difficult to do this, so try to open windows to allow fresh air in as much as possible. Exhaust fans in the ceilings of rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens help to aide in keeping the air fresh in those rooms.
  3. Go Green:  Start cleaning your home with products that are green. Also, the next time you paint your home, look into green paints. Basically, anything “green” that you can bring into your home, bring it. They even have personal care products that are greener these days.
  4. Air Cleaners:  An air infiltration system can improve the air quality within your home by helping to remove dust and allergens.
  5. Plants:  Some studies show that keeping plants in your home reduces air pollutants and keep your air cleaner.
  6. Vacuum:  Keep your home vacuumed and dust free with a vacuum that’s equipped with a HEPA filter.
  7. Keep Pollutants Out:  Try to reduce the amount of pollutants that you bring indoors from outdoors. Using a doormat can help keep you from tracking pollutants that may be on the ground throughout your home.
  8. Reduce Humidity:  A reduction of humidity will help to prevent both dust mites and mold allergens. They both thrive in moist environments.
  9. Smoke Free:  Keep your home smoke free by not smoking indoors.
  10. Service Your Heating System: Keep your heating and cooling system, stove and things like that serviced regularly to reduce emissions.

If you follow these ten steps to improve indoor air quality, you should being to see a difference if you suffer from any of the health effects that are common with indoor air pollutants. Avoid health problems later by keeping your air clean today.