Air quality in the United States and UK are not much better than countries like China and Indonesia. Find out what your ozone looks like with this app! Big changes need to be made in the way of our ozone layer, particularly regarding fossil fuel use and emissions. However, we can make small changes easily, and inexpensively, in our home. Living with quality air is imperative to your health because toxins and other diseases can ride along the air waves.
How to Raise Your Indoor Air Quality
We’ve delved deep into our archives to find out top 7 tips for improving indoor air quality. There are so many things that can be done, it was difficult to limit it down to just 7.
1. Turn on the Hood Fans
When you cook, your stove expels fumes that are toxic to humans and animals, particularly if you use a gas stove, which releases chemicals like carbon monoxide that contaminate the air. The fume hood allows your home to ventilate the toxins directly outside the house, keeping you from coming into contact with them!
2. Open the Windows More
Open windows let in fresh, cleaner air. While shut windows are more energy efficient, it tends to trap pollutants and contaminants inside with you. Opening the windows occasionally flushes out the air and lets in fresh air to clean out your home.
3. Turn on the Exhaust Fan
Turning on the exhaust fan when you show limits the amount of moisture that can build up inside the bath. It will also remove the heat and humidity from the room. For those who don’t have a bathroom fan, a small, portable fan can have the same effect! When you’re done, keep the door or curtain open to allow air to circulate.
4. Clean Regularly
In order to prevent dust, dirt and pet hair from accumulating, you need to clean regularly. Every day, your house collects the dirt your feet track in and the hair shed from your clothes and skin. Particles like this can quickly become airborne, bringing more pollutants and biological contaminants into the air.
5. Put in Low Emitting Furniture and Finishes
Newly installed furnishings, as well as building materials, can emit “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs. Seek out items that are approved as low chemical emissions. When you use paints, sealants, adhesives or other materials during installation, be sure to keep a window open to remove the gas these products expel.
6. Maintain HVAC Filters
HVAC filters come with very specific instructions, albeit simple to do ones. You need to check, replace or clean your furnace and air filters at least every two months. Alternatively, you can install a HEPA, or High-Efficiency Particulate filter for a relatively low price.
7. Use Cleaning Products that Don’t Emit Chemicals
There are many products available today that give off toxic gases or irritating chemicals. These products are used daily to clean counters, floors and windows! Avoid dangerous chemicals, and choose products that are certified for lower levels of chemical emissions. They are healthier for you!
There is one, particularly optimal way to improve your indoor air quality. Bring in some plants! There are tons of plants that can grow indoors, and despite the limited lighting, they can thrive.
Do you do anything special to purify the air in your home?