Healthy Indoor Air: Your 3-Step Action Plan
- September 30, 2013
Indoor air quality is a topic that has been receiving increased attention among concerned homeowners and HVAC professionals. Information from the Environmental Protection Agency warns that the air inside our homes can be more than 10 times more polluted than the air outside. In some cases, the pollution level may be up to 100 times more. However, by following a three-step action plan, you can ensure that your home has healthy indoor air.
Step One – Source Control
Improve the air quality in your home at the source by eliminating dangerous emissions. Change the types of cleaners you use to non-toxic ones made from common household ingredients like baking soda or vinegar.
If you must have your clothes dry-cleaned, find a cleaner who uses non-toxic methods. Another suggestion is to remove your clothes from the dry-cleaning bag and air them outside for a few days before bringing them inside.
Step Two – Improved Ventilation
Proper ventilation plays a key part in maintaining healthy indoor air in your home. Take advantage of natural ventilation by opening the windows in your home at night when the outdoor temperature is cooler. The outdoor air is cleaner at night and will help your home stay cooler the following day.
The use of an exhaust fan in your bathroom will help reduce the amount of moisture that can allow mold to grow and contaminate the air in your home. If you have a gas stove, it is suggested that you use a hood fan that vents to the outside.
Step Three – Cleaning the Air
An easy way to prevent contaminants from recirculating throughout your home is to frequently change your HVAC system’s filter. Accumulated dust and other particulates reduce the airflow to the system and become a breeding ground for mold.
An automatic air cleaner can be added to your HVAC system to eliminate contaminants before they recirculate. Many of the models available require very little maintenance.
For more ways to improve air quality in your home, contact the experts at Comfort Services. We provide service to Aberdeen and the surrounding area.