How to: Improve Indoor Air Quality
You may not realize it but the air quality in home or business may be worse than you think, especially during the winter months. In the winter, windows are rarely opened and the same stale warm air is usually reticulated throughout the building. Air quality is so poor in fact that some studies have shown that indoor air quality during the winter months is 10 times worse than during other seasons. If you’d like to improve your health, you should start with the air you breath. Here are 10 things that can improve your indoor air quality.
1. Decorate with Live Indoor Plants: Plants are nature’s way of cleaning air. There are many chemicals can contribute to poor indoor air quality and many of the chemicals that make us sick are the ones that plants thrive upon and convert to fresh air.
2. Don’t Smoke Indoors: This tip seems to be a pretty obvious one, but can provide challenges for regular smokers. But there are hundreds of dangerous chemicals in smoke that can be harmful to your health. To protect the quality and freshness of your indoor air you should tell anyone that smokes, to do so outside. Some business’s especially bars and restaurants now have areas with ventilation fans that pull contaminants out of the air. which is the rule we implemented, which is another option during the winter months.
3. Don’t use Aerosols: Aerosols can case respiratory distress in those people with lung disease or asthma. Instead, substitute aerosols with other products that do not disperse themselves into the air or that use a spray bottle instead of using compressed air in a can.
4. Cleaning Your Shower Curtain and Humidifiers: Moist environments encourage the growth of mold. You should replace your shower curtain if it has a large amount of mold on it. If the mold is minimal, you can remove the shower curtain and scrub it with a household cleaner and rinse before re-hanging.
5. Check Plant’s Soil for Mold: If the potting soil you’re plant is growing in has mold you should repot it. Such mold usually appears as white fuzz. This will help to improve your indoor air quality. To prevent it in the future, be sure not to over water your plants.
6. Change Air Filters: To improve indoor air quality, air filters were all should be changed on a regular basis. It doesn’t take long for the filters to fill with dust and other particles. But every particle caught by your filter is one less you’ll have to breath in.
7. Use Ventilating Fans: Ventilation fans exist for a reason and that is to ventilate the areas where they exist. They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms. It couldn’t hurt to install them in any area with smoke or fumes such as a garage. In fact lots of billiard halls use them. They should pull unclean air out of your house or building.
8. Vacuum And Dust: It’s obvious to vacuum carpets you should also vacuum other areas such as your furniture and drapes. For these things it might be best to get a smaller hand held vacuum. You should also dust weekly to keep the “dust mites” at bay. You might want to wear a dust mask while vacuuming because it can actually kick dust up temporarily.
9. Groom and Clean after Pets: Shedding hair can a problem to your air quality, but with the better vacuuming regular grooming you can solve a lot of the problems. You should also regularly bath your pets and clean their areas or cages. For cats, it might help to move your litter box into an area with less human traffic, like the garage.
10. Let some fresh Air In: It might not be the most pleasant thing to do in the winter, when it’s cold outside, but maybe you could open the window while you take a quick trip to the store. You’d be surprised out how big of a difference it makes.
If you follow these steps the air quality of your indoor air will improve dramatically, which will result you enjoying the indoor environment of your home or business more and the improved health that comes with better air.