In spite of all of the technological advancements of last 100 years, maintaining good air quality in your home can still be a major challenge. City environments are filled with pollution from everything from automobiles to factories to commercial vehicles. Many people with breathing problems such as asthma or for those with severe allergies, indoor air quality can have a major impact on their quality of life. Here are a few simple tips that will help improve the air quality in any home:
1. Change Air Filters Frequently: This is often times the most often neglected but most important thing that a home-owner can do to improve indoor air quality. Central heating and air conditioning units blow air(and dust particles in the air) all over a home each and every day. Changing your air filters frequently will not only help improve the air quality of your home; it will also help your heating and cooling system function more efficiently and last longer. When selecting an air filter be sure to choose an accordion style filter with at least a three month usage window. Avoid the cheaper, flat, see-through filters because in general, these are far less effective and need to be changed every 30 days. The last thing you want to do is spend money on a filter that will do a poor job of effectively filtering out potentially harmful particles in the air. Spend the extra few dollars on a quality filter, not only will it last longer, but it will perform much better.
2. Improve ventilation: Improving your home’s ventilation system is a great way to help lower the concentration of harmful air pollutants and contaminants. The vast majority of home heating and cooling systems, including the very popular forced air systems, don’t actively bring fresh air into your home. What this means for the home-owner is that he or she must find other ways to ensure the home is adequately ventilated. A few ways that home-owners can improve ventilation include opening windows and doors, operating window a/c units(with the vent control open), and running attic or window fans. It is particularly important to properly ventilate the home when performing tasks that can generate a large number of air pollutants. Tasks like painting, cooking, or even many popular hobbies can all emit harmful particles into the interior air of your home.
3. Minimize sources of Air Contamination: Another important thing that you can do to improve indoor air quality is to seek out and eliminate any sources that may be emitting harmful pollutants into your living environment. Gas stoves, older lead-based paint, and asbestos insulation are all common sources of contamination. In some cases you can adjust the amount of emissions by retrofitting your home or modernizing the building material.
4. Keep a clean house: Keeping your home clean is an easy way that anyone can help reduce the number of pollutants in indoor air. Do things like: 1. Clean your carpet regularly. 2. Vacuum floors frequently. 3. Promptly clean up pet hair. 4. Shampoo furniture upholstery. These are just a few ways that you can help maintain an air-friendly living space.
5. Use an Air Cleaner: While the effectiveness of air cleaners varies widely, operating a high-quality air cleaner can have a positive impact on the overall air quality in your home. In general, table-top versions are usually ineffective and you may need to do a good bit of research to find an effective air cleaner in your budget.
In addition to these basic methods home-owners should also consider contacting a local duct cleaning company to inspect their home and provide even more air quality tips. When contacting local companies in your area, be sure to ask whether or not they do “air quality inspections and recommendations”, knowledgeable professionals will no exactly what you are asking. And as always, be sure to check references and read company reviews.