Ever wonder why you’re coughing, sneezing, and getting headaches within your own home? The answer may be that you have poor indoor air quality. If this comes as a shock to you, there could be signs within your house that you have never taken notice to before, such as dust, mold, odors, and more.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels.
The indoor air quality in your home is important to you and your family’s health. Improving it can be simple and can help keep out all the unwanted guests like viruses, dust, and bacteria.
The products you are using to clean your house may have an effect on your indoor air quality.
It is important to read the labels to see which products have the least amount of chemicals or opt for natural cleaning solutions.
Besides paying attention to the products you are using, you can decorate your home with indoor plants that help with air quality. Certain plants or flowers are more effective than others at removing certain bacteria and particles from the air.
Just putting plants in your home will help a little, but there are still other methods to help make your indoor air quality the best it could be.
Weekly Cleaning and Tricks
Proper ventilation inside your home can help with the quality of your air. Fresh air can help with IAQ. consider opening windows and doors to remove pollutants and introduce fresher air. This does not cost anything, besides the short amount of time it takes you or someone else to open the door or window.
Filtering air can also affect air quality. When was the last time you changed your air filter? If your answer is more than 3 months ago, you should consider changing it.
Changing your air filter every 2-to-3 months can help keep the filter efficient making sure it is catching all the pollutants it can.
Weekly cleaning of surfaces and vacuuming the entire home can help with the overall cleanliness of your home.
Professional IAQ Services and Systems
Although there are changes and improvements you can do on your own to improve your air quality, one of the most effective ways to ensure better air quality inside your home is through professional services and systems.
With many different options, a professional can help find the best solution for your home.
UV Air Sanitizers
UV Air Sanitizer systems use technology with ultraviolet light to help eliminate airborne bacteria and other allergens in the air. These types of systems are common in hospitals and medical-grade offices.
The UV air sanitizer interacts with the air to sanitize it and kill mold, bacteria, and viruses. It removes the toxic particles that contribute to allergies and viruses.
Overall the systems create a healthier indoor environment for everyone in the household.
A humidifier can help with dry air in the home. Alongside the benefits for your health, it helps keep with skin and respiratory conditions.
If your air is dry, your skin often follows. When you have low humidity levels in your home, you may experience itchy eyes and an irritated nose and throat.
Humidifiers help balance the levels of your home to help with indoor allergies and other health-related IAQ issues.
On the other hand, your home may experience excessive moisture inside. The smell of musty odors, feeling clammy and sticky and the sign of mold or condensation on the window, may be a sign that you need a dehumidifier.
Using a humidifier in the winter during dryer seasons and dehumidifiers in the summer months can help keep your household air consistent year-round.