Did you know that indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside? Radon, chemicals, mold, and lead are among the indoor air pollutants that affect your family’s health. These pollutants accumulate in our homes from household cleaners, furniture, smoking, and from being carried in from outdoors. Pet dander and dust mites also contaminate the air inside a building. Reduce allergens, pollutants, and other contaminants to improve indoor air quality and help everyone breathe easier. Use the tips below to improve air quality at home.
Check for Lead Paint
Homes built before 1978 are most likely to contain lead-based paint, although newer homes may also contain lead. Lead exposure is a serious concern, particularly for children. It can lead to kidney damage, neurological problems, and damage to the central nervous system.
Clean Your Floors to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Keep the floors throughout the home well-cleaned. Allergens accumulate along with household dust. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA-filter reduces lead concentrations in the home and rids the air of other toxins and allergens, including pet dander. Vacuum the floors weekly or more often if allergies are a problem. Mop flooring that cannot be vacuumed. Microfiber mops and dust cloths trap more dirt and dust than traditional mops.
Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels
Mold and dust mites thrive in humid areas. Maintain a humidity level of 30% – 50% to prevent mold growth and to improve indoor air quality at home. Use the air conditioner during the summer and a dehumidifier during the winter to maintain proper humidity levels throughout the home.
No Smoking Indoors
Smoking is a leading cause of indoor air pollution in homes. The best way to maintain fresh, clean indoor air is by making your home a no-smoking zone. If there are smokers in your household, encourage them to take the habit outside to the deck or patio to keep your home free of allergens and pollutants that harm everyone in the family.
Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air is 2-3x more polluted than the air outside. The consequences of poor air quality include asthma-like symptoms, allergies, headaches, and trouble breathing. The tips above will help you improve and maintain the air quality in the home.