Air pollution remains a significant concern throughout the US, indoors and out. In fact, indoor air, on averages is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Just how bad are things inside many peoples’ homes? According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 50% of ALL illnesses are either irritated or caused by poor indoor air quality.
So what’s homeowner like you to do? Take control of the situation, of course, and take the battle to indoor air pollutants instead of letting “them” have their way with you. Here are several good ways to go about that:
Clean up. Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to maintain good indoor air quality:
- Vacuum, mop and dust regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and empty the container on a regular basis.
- Placing mats in front of outside doors dramatically reduces the amount of dirt and dust that are tracked into your home and—as a result—into the air. Clean your shoes before entering or, even better, take them off.
- Clean or change the filter in your furnace or air conditioner monthly.
- Protect your home against mold and mildew by cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms regularly. Moisture buildup in your garage or basement can also be a haven for mold. Seek out the source of the moisture and remedy the problem.
Go green. Use the power of nature to your advantage:
- Plants act as a natural filter by removing many harmful chemicals from the air. Just be sure that the plants you choose are non-poisonous if ingested, especially if you have children or pets.
- Use cleaners that have natural fragrances or are fragrance-free. Vinegar, citrus, baking soda, castile soap and warm water (when used in the right combination) can replace and outperform any chemical cleaner out there.
- Open the windows more often. Most air conditioners are designed to recycle the same air over and over. Letting some fresh air in will help ventilate any chemicals or pollutants that may be lingering inside.
Be safe. Protect your home from the most harmful substances:
- Have your home inspected for radon, asbestos, lead and other harmful substances that can’t otherwise be readily detected.
- Use non-toxic paints, wall finishes, carpet and other materials in your home.
- Don’t allow smoking inside.
At Optimum Air, we are indoor air quality specialist with the right solution or combination of solutions to provide you with much cleaner indoor air throughout your home. Contact us today for more information or to request a free in-home consultation.