Take Control of Indoor Air Pollution With These Prevention Tips

Published on: January 20, 2015
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Although many people are doing what they can to lower pollution levels outdoors, homeowners often don’t consider ways that they may be able to prevent indoor air pollution.

You may not realize it, but unless your air is already being treated, the air inside your home will have a number of pollutants floating around at any given time. Left unchecked, these pollutants can negatively affect the health of your household members and anyone who comes to visit. For those already suffering from respiratory issues like allergies and asthma, the effects can be quite intense.

Take heed of these simple tips that will help you prevent indoor air pollution in your home:

Test the Air

If you want to focus your efforts on cleaning your home’s indoor air, it’s a good idea to know exactly what you’re up against. Certain pollutants are a given, such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, chemicals from products you use and more. Unfortunately, some dangerous elements can’t be seen or smelled. This includes radon, a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer and other ailments. For this and similar pollutants, you should hire a professional technician to test your air.

Reduce Indoor Chemical Use

Most homes in America have a collection of chemical components that are used to clean surfaces, eliminate pests, and even make the air smell nice. Yes, those “air fresheners” with the pretty flowers on the bottle contain harmful chemicals, as do the plug-in freshening devices. To reduce your family’s exposure to these chemicals,pay attention to labels and choose ones that are more natural. Or search online for the best natural cleaners that you can make yourself, which often use vinegar and citrus.

Use Adequate Ventilation

Although homeowners need to be careful of air leaks in their homes because of the negative effect they have on an HVAC system’s energy efficiency, it’s also important not to keep in too much air. Proper ventilation will allow pollutants in your air to be sent outside. One thing you can do on a regular basis is to make sure you’re using exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to cut down on harmful vapors and mold spores, respectively. And if you’re planning to paint a room, make sure that a door or window is always open.

Install an Electronic Air Cleaner or UV Lights

While an electronic air cleaner isn’t cheap, it’s a fantastic way to clean your home’s air. These cleaners extract 30 times the amount of dust from your air as a normal filter.

Another effective option to prevent indoor air pollution is to have a technician install a series of UV lights in the HVAC system to eliminate pollutants due using ultraviolet radiation.

Upgrade the Air Filter

Air filters may be able to keep certain types of debris out of your air, but many of them aren’t designed to effectively eliminate pollutants. Luckily, there are more sophisticated filters on the market. The higher quality filters are able to pull a greater amount of pollutants from the air.

Pick Up a Few Houseplants

Many homeowners think that houseplants are only placed in a home to improve its decor, but the truth is that many houseplants will remove harmful toxins from your air. Some of the most helpful plants include the Boston fern, English ivy, spider plant, peace lily, and areca palm, though there are several others to choose from.

For more expert advice on techniques you can use to prevent indoor air pollution, or for any other home comfort concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Air Conditioning South East. We can help you find a reputable contractor in your area.