Many of us spend most of the day trapped indoors with recirculated air. According to the EPA, air pollution in your home can result when too little outdoor air enters the home and “pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems.” Here are some common indoor air pollutants and some ideas for how to reduce air pollution in your home.
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9 Ways To Reduce Air Pollution In Your Home
With so many peoples heating or cooling systems working almost all the time, we don’t get a lot of fresh air indoors. Any pollutants that enter the home, tend to stay there whether it is pet dander, dust, mold/mildew, allergens, or other indoor air pollutants. Here are some ways to help you reduce indoor air pollution.
1. Replace Filters
Replace the filter on HVAC system every 3 months with a high-quality electrostatic filter. This will help your HVAC function better and keep your air filter pulling in air and filtering it most efficiently.
2. Remove Shoes At Door
Take shoes off at the door to keep outside dirt from contaminating your home. We always do this at my house. Besides, it is just more comfy.
3. Range Hood
Run the range vent hood during and after cooking on the stove to help pull any gasses from your stove, smoke, and cooking odors outside.
4. Bathroom Fan
Run bath vent fan during and for at least 10 minutes after a shower or bath to pull mold-causing moisture from the room.
Vacuum rugs, carpet, furniture regularly. It is amazing how much dust can be pulled up with regular vacuuming.
6. Exhaust Out
Upgrade to a canister vacuum or to a central vacuum system that is installed in a basement or garage to filter what gets sucked up and exhaust it to the outside of your home. NuTone’s PurePower central vacuum system is 2-3 times more powerful than most upright canister vacuums, so you won’t be leave behind any contaminants such as dust or pet dander.
Plants can help remove chemicals from the air and improve air quality. Here is a list of the best houseplants for this purpose.
8. Smoke outside.
This one is a no brainer but if you must smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes, do it outside so that you and others don’t become subject to second hand smoke as well.
9. Test for radon.
Radon is a natural gas that can seep in from the cracks in your foundation and it can be dangerous. According to the EPA, exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. If you have bought your home recently, you likely had a test at the time of purchase. If it has been in your family for some time, you may want to have it tested.
You can get even more ideas to help improve indoor air quality at Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.
I hope you found these 9 ways to reduce air pollution in your home helpful. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you can get real time monitoring, learn more here.