When we think about poor air quality, our minds immediately go to busy traffic lanes, smog, and dust and smoke outside our houses. Little do we know that the air quality in our homes is twice as bad!
The build-up of aerosols, paint, mold, dust, dander, cigarette smoke, furniture polish and carbon dioxide can cause a seriously damaging effect on our lungs, hearts, kidneys and even our central nervous system. But don’t panic. There are ways you can clean the air inside your home.
Ventilation: This one is a no-brainer. Our houses are tightly enclosed spaces and often do not have proper ventilation. When possible, it’s beneficial to open the windows every day for at least 30 minutes and let the fresh air inside. This is good practice to get rid of odd fumes, odors and gases inside your home. You should also let your house properly ventilate after you have painted a wall, varnished your furniture or smoked inside your house.
Vacuum: Allergens and toxic chemicals can accumulate inside your house for several decades. You can use a vacuum cleaner with a strong HEPA and carbon filter to remove all the dust, dander, pollen, and toxins like carbon dioxide and brominated fire-retardant chemicals. Don’t just vacuum your carpets. Do the same to your sofas and the walls.
Use Air Purifiers: If you are an expectant mother, you have furry pets in your home or you have children who suffer from allergies or asthma, it is a good idea to invest in a high quality air purifier. If you live next to a busy road and cannot open the windows for fear of pollution getting in, an air purifier can help you clean the air, literally.
Smoke Outside: Active and passive smokers both suffer the same risks from smoking. There are at least 4,000 toxic chemicals in a cigarette smoke, 11 of which are carcinogenic. Your best option is to stop smoking altogether, but if you can’t quit, you need to step outside to do it.
Clean Out HVAC Filters And Ducts: Your heating and cooling systems are all fitted with filters which keep out dust, dander and toxic gases from entering your living space. But if these filters get clogged or dust accumulates in your ductwork, they can circulate all of that in your house. Get the services of a good heating and cooling services provider to clean out or replace your air filters. Contact Climate Control to help with all of your HVAC service needs.
Some other notable ways you can keep your house free from harmful contaminants is to cut out the use of aerosol and to keep your humidity level low. Aerosol sprays contain damaging chemicals that can aggravate allergies, cause skin reactions and in severe cases, even trigger fatal heart issues. Always aerate your house or turn on your air purifier after using aerosol products.
Also, keep the humidity level in your home between 30 % to 50%. This will prevent the excess growth of mold, which produces mycotoxins and allergens that can have mild to severe reactions in humans, even on healthy individuals.
Just taking these small precautions can guarantee better health of your family and improve your quality of life. Locally owned and operated Climate Control has been taking care of the air quality in homes for decades.