Indoor air quality can have a major effect on health. Poor indoor air quality can cause all manner of health problems, and be worsened by a wide range of things.
Dander and pollen can cause allergies, and certain types of mold can cause even worse problems. Thankfully, these types of mold are rare.
Among the most common air pollutants in our home are dander, chemicals from cleaning products, mold, and cigarette smoke. However, you don’t have to sacrifice clean air just to live a decent life.
You can improve air quality in your home if you know how. We’ll give you some advice on that subject in this article.
1. Clean Your Carpets
One little-known fact about carpeting is that they often work as air filters by trapping particles of dust and other contaminants in their fibers. Like all filters, though, they need to be cleaned every once in a while. Otherwise, they’ll get filled up and stop filtering.
Not only does the carpet stop filtering, but if left alone, all the trapped particles could expose your family to bacteria, molds, and many other things besides. Mods are probably the best example of these.
According to FEMA, mold can start growing on a wet surface in as little as one or two days.
2. Don’t Smoke Indoors
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health and the health of those around you. Smoking in a confined space, like the inside of a building, is even worse.
Since the smoke can’t be carried away by the wind, it has nothing to do other than settle in the building. This puts people at a higher risk of coming in contact with the smoke for longer.
The good news is that the smoking rate is decreasing over time, and more places, especially workplaces, are instituting smoking bans in their buildings.
3. Try to Minimize Gas and Chemical Use
Gasses and chemicals can come from many different sources. They can be in air fresheners, laundry soaps, and other cleaning products.
For a private residence, getting rid of such chemicals can be difficult. Many different products contain them and all-natural products can be hard to find.
For businesses, especially manufacturing businesses, getting rid of chemicals can be a lot easier. They often use something known as an electrostatic precipitator. These machines use static electricity to clean certain particles and chemicals out of gases.
Sometimes, a precipitator rebuild is the best way to improve air quality.
Ways to Improve Air Quality
There are a whole host of things in the air that shouldn’t be ignored. That’s why it’s always best to improve air quality in whatever ways you can.
We’ve talked about a few ways to improve air quality and keep those around you safer, in this article. However, there are others out there, and it may be best to do more research on your own so that you’re fully informed and prepared.
If you want more information and advice on home improvement and other household matters, feel free to look around at more blog posts.