Upgrading Your Indoor Air Quality: a 3-Step Strategy
The air in your home is likely much dirtier than the air outside. The particulate and gaseous pollutants in your air contribute to allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and can cause a number of health problems later on. Maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for good health. Use this three-step strategy to improve the quality of your home’s air.
Step 1: Source Control
Preventing contaminants from entering your home is your best defense against poor indoor air quality.
Remove your shoes at the door to avoid tracking chemical and particulate pollutants throughout your home.
Use nontoxic household cleaning solutions. The chemicals in traditional cleaners can cause a large number of health problems, including certain cancers and hormonal imbalances.
Maintain your combustion appliances to reduce emissions and prevent dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
Test your home for radon, a naturally occuring gas that can enter your home through cracks in the foundation. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U. S.
Step 2: Ventilation
Bringing fresh air indoors and sending stale air outside considerably improves your indoor air quality.
Open your windows on nice days.
Use your kitchen vent while you cook to help remove gaseous contaminants from your air. Use your bathroom vent while showering or using body-care products to send residual chemicals outdoors and prevent mold growth.
Install a mechanical ventilation system if your home is tightly sealed. Mechanical systems pump fresh air into your home while sending stale air outdoors.
Step 3: Air Cleaners
Portable and whole-house air cleaners can significantly reduce indoor pollutants.
Electronic air cleaners use electrostatic attraction to trap particles on a collection plate or cause them to collect on surfaces where they can be cleaned by hand.
Gas phase air filters use a sorbent, such as activated carbon, to remove certain gaseous pollutants from your air.
UV lights kill biological contaminants such as mold spores, bacteria and viruses.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues specific to HVAC & plumbing systems. For more expert advice about improving your home’s indoor air quality, please contact us at Sobieski Services, Inc.
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