Interior Home Design

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air QualityIdeally, the inside of the house is supposed to be a safe haven that supports the mental and physical well-being of the household, but many people are shocked to learn just how bad the air quality in many houses is. Allergens and pollutants are sent into the air every day and eventually settle on every surface of the house where they can accumulate over decades. Add high humidity and high temperatures and things get even worse. Fortunately, the quality of the indoor air can be controlled, but how?

Invest in Air Cleaners

Air cleaners come in all sizes. Some are small enough to clean the air in a single room while others are big and powerful enough to clean the air of an entire house. To be effective, an air cleaner must have a high percentage efficiency rate coupled with a high volume of air it pulls through its filters per minute. The high percentage efficiency rate measures the amount of pollutants the air cleaner pulls in from the air in a room or a house.

A homeowner might want to have their air ducts cleaned out. This should be done if the ducts are infested with mold or large amounts of dust. But even large amounts of dust aren’t necessarily problem unless the homeowner suspects it’s causing health problems.

Control the Source of the Pollution

The sources of indoor air pollution can often be eliminated or at least controlled. One way is to simply open the windows and doors and turn on ceiling fans to bring in fresh air on milder days. The crawl space and attic should also be ventilated now and then.

If the weather’s simply too hot or too cold, open the vent control on the window A/C unit, and let the unit run for a while. Kitchen and bathroom fans not only pull contaminants out of the room but allow fresh air to come in. These measures are important when the homeowner is engaging in activities that can bring more pollutants into the house, such as painting a room, cooking or even crafting.

A homeowner who is worried about radon in the air should have their home tested for this gas. It’s odorless, colorless and tasteless as well as radioactive and carcinogenic. Radon can be removed from the house by a professional radon abatement service.

Maintain Cleanliness

Experts recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture. This type of filter pulls in very small particles of dust and other pollutants. Bedding should be washed at 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites which can cause allergies.

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