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Last updated Dec. 07, 2018
Do you know how poor your indoor air quality can get? There are findings that indoor air quality can be five times worse than outdoor air quality and can affect our health more than we realise.
This is quite scary, considering the fact that most people feel their homes are their fortress to get away from the bad air that characterizes most modern cities.
If the indoor air quality can be this bad, it means that many individuals are exposed to more health hazards when they are indoors.
To improve indoor air quality, there are different simple steps recommended by experts including opening up windows.
When the window is opened, stale air leaves the house while fresh ones enter.
This helps to improve the air quality tremendously. While it works perfectly fine in most places, opening the window may not help meaningfully in some instances.
When the air outside is too polluted, opening the window will not help meaningfully.
Also during spring, summer or fall when certain plants pollinate, there may be too many allergens in the air that opening the window will be detrimental to individuals that suffer seasonal allergies.
When opening the window is not an option, there are various other ways you can improve indoor air quality. We will discuss some of the most effective means below:
The benefits of keeping your home clean are not just the good look. While you will get your home to look great and appealing by keeping it clean and tidy, you will also improve the quality of your indoor air at the same time.
Most household items generate dust or trap them. The rate your furniture degrade and become sources of air pollution will differ but they eventually do on the long-run.
The couch, for instance, may be releasing some foams while your wooding furniture may generate dust as they become old.
There are some household items that do not generate dust but trap and accumulate them.
Your carpet or rug, for instance, can trap lots of dust. The implication of this is that unless you clean properly, these dust and other particles will rise from time to time from where they are settled.
You need to keep your home clean and tidy at all times to reduce the prevalence of these pollutants. Wash hard floors and vacuum carpets as often as you can (weekly if possible).
You can also use vacuum cleaners that are equipped with a HEPA filter to make sure that only a few dust mites are thrown back into your indoor air as you clean.
Even when your window is not opened, you can keep your indoor space properly ventilated through air ducts.
The main purpose of these ducts is to get rid of stale air and bring in fresh ones that will improve the quality of air in your room.
While the process can be very efficient in most instances, the goal will be defeated if the air ducts are dirty.
As air passes through the air ducts, there are chances that particles like dust mites and pollens can get stuck in the ducts.
Usually, some air ducts have filters to keep airborne particles from entering the home.
These filters can be overburdened and accumulation of particles on them will undermine the quality of ventilation.
Professional air duct cleaning is recommended if you want to avoid the health hazards that can result from dirty air ducts.
It should be done at least once every three years. This is critical to your indoor air quality.
Humidity plays an essential role in your indoor air quality. This is because molds are among the commonest sources of air pollutants in indoor environments.
They are also among the most troublesome of the air pollutants. Molds are allergens and they can produce mycotoxins that have dire health consequences including triggering of asthmatic attacks.
They can also cause upper respiratory health challenges in otherwise healthy individuals.
So what does humidity have to do with molds? Well, everything! Mold growth is basically dependent on the amount of moisture in the air (humidity).
The higher the humidity, the higher the chances of growth of molds, mildews and other microorganisms that undermine indoor air quality.
To control your indoor air quality, you also need to control moisture level.
Since you are not going to open the windows to let moisture escape from your indoor environment, you will need a dehumidifier to control indoor humidity. Maintain relative humidity within 30 to 50%.
Asides from molds and other indoor microorganisms, there are several other indoor air pollutants.
Such pollutants as CO2, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde can be dangerous to your health. Most of the pollutants are generated by home appliances. They are all harmful.
CO2, for instances, poses health consequences when it becomes too much in your indoor space.
It is generated in the home alongside other greenhouse gases by simple appliances like microwave oven, refrigerator, and even air conditioners.
There are whole-home air purification systems you can use. They will get rid of most of the pollutants in your indoor air.
While some purifiers are specific in the kind of pollutant they remove, others actively remove all kinds of indoor air pollutants. Invest in purifiers that will rid your indoor air of different pollutants.
That is one of the surest ways to ensure that you and your entire household breathe healthy and fresher air at all times.
Plants help to purify the air is a well-known fact. There are specific species that have shown incredible ability to purify the air and most of them can be grown indoors.
NASA discovered some plants that can neutralize most volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are common in indoor air.
Having this plants in your home will help you to purify indoor air without opening your windows.
Some of the plants that can help to purify your indoor air include garden mum, spider plant, ficus/weeping fig, dracaena, peace lily, Boston fern, snake plant/mother-in-law’s tongue, bamboo palm, and aloe vera.
Your indoor air quality has a significant role to play in the quality of life you and your household can enjoy.
You need to get it clean by any means possible. When opening the window will be an issue, the steps described above can be very helpful in improving indoor air quality.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.