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important Tips to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Posted by christiane savaria on May 3, 2021
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Do you ever think just how safe the air is inside your home?

according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can often be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

If you’re looking for actionable tips that you can use today, then you’ll love this article.

Here are some  important  tips for improving air quality in your home.

Control dampness and humidity:

Mould caused by dampness can go airborne. Use a dehumidifier and empty it often. When showering, use an exhaust fan to reduce humidity.


Have Your Home Checked by Technician Annually

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home . An indoor air quality test done by a trained professional can help you figure out what kind of airborne problems you might be having, and what you need to do to fix it.


Keep lots of house plants in your home

These are known to purify the air, eliminate toxins and provide additional oxygen.


Clean the Floors

If you are concerned about the health and indoor air in your home, it is necessary to clean the floors. Allergens like dust and pet dander, chemicals from off-gassing, and VOCs will settle on the floor.


Animal droppings

Small animals and pests look for cozy spaces to sleep and breed — and this often means nooks and crannies within your home.

Animal waste causes a very bad odor in your home that is very difficult to get rid of it


Measuring Air Quality in your home

For measuring outdoor sources of pollution in your area,there are many website to help you

For indoors, many air quality monitors on the market can measure pollutants such as VOC and PM levels.


Filter the air

Filtering the air can reduce some indoor air pollutants.

Note :

Install and use exhaust fans over gas cooking stoves and ranges and keep the burners properly adjusted.

Note

  • Air cleaners can be effective in removing particles but most do not remove gases.
  • When your pets shed, their fur can become airborne and clog your filters.


Check your air ducts.

if  ducts that are not installed properly or maintained can distribute contaminants from one room to another. Over time, dust, dander and even mold can accumulate in your ducts, reducing the overall air quality.


Let the fresh air in.

Even in the cold months, open windows from time to time to allow fresh air to move into the house.


Invest in an air purifier.

Using air purifiers is another effective way to tackle stale indoor air.


Mop

 Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens.


furniture

Many items of furniture are made with glues that continue to release toxins into the atmosphere, long after they have left the factory floor.

This slow release of toxins can dramatically contribute to poor air quality.


Cut Out Aerosol Sprays

Aerosol sprays can release harmful chemicals into the air. Instead, opt for non-aerosol versions of hair sprays, deodorants, furniture polishes and air fresheners.


Leave the windows open when you clean:

As you rid your home of dust particles, allergens and other toxins, it can temporarily worsen your indoor air quality.


Check for and fix water leaks:

Water leaks are a leading cause of mold, which is a leading indoor air pollutant.


Paint walls instead of wallpaper.

Wallpaper and other materials can trap moisture inside and  can then lead to mold growth under the wallpaper.


Provide proper drainage and seal foundations in new construction.

Air that enters the home through the foundation can contain more moisture than is generated from all occupant activities.


Smoke

The most common sources of indoor air pollution include  carbon monoxide emissions from central heating systems and gas stoves, radon, tobacco smoke and volatile organic compounds

Smoke clings to fabric, carpets, and clothing. Smoking is one of the most significant indoor air pollutants.

Note :

It is estimated that smoking in the house can mean knocking 23% off the asking price when it comes time to sell.

How to remove an old, lingering smell

Ventilate the entire home by opening windows and running fans.

Try to use less aerosol spray products.

wash up  any carpets

Use baking soda to eliminate odors in the house (works well in the refrigerator).

 Clean tiled surfaces with a 90-to-10 solution of water and bleach.

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see also

Tips for preventing water damage

some Common Roof Problems And ways to fix them

How to Get Rid of Mold and how does mold get into our homes

The Importance of Waterproofing Your Foundation

How To Soundproof Your Home ? The best methods

All about Using a Sump Pump and how does it work

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