You may think pollutants only affect the air you breathe outside, but for the majority of homes in the U.S., indoor air quality is a big issue. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home and breathe easier as a result.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
- Indoor pollution sources that release harmful gases or particles into the air
- Inadequate ventilation that increases indoor pollutant levels
- High temperature and humidity levels
Common Pollutant Sources
- The use of oil, gas, kerosene, coal, or wood
- Tobacco products
- Furnishings and building materials, such as cabinetry or furniture made from pressed wood products or old insulation that contains asbestos
- Products commonly used for maintenance and household cleaning as well as hobbies or personal care
- Outdoor sources like radon, outdoor air pollution, and pesticides
Improving Indoor Air Quality
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to make sure dust and dirt don’t get blown back into your home.
- Keep your home humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent and make your home a no-smoking zone.
- Test your home for radon and avoid using products with synthetic fragrances.
- Switch your air filters regularly and fix issues with your home’s ventilation system promptly.