If You’re a Homeowner With Indoor Air Quality Problems, Here Are Three Solutions To Try
Poor indoor air quality can cause a host of physical problems, from acute allergies to chronic health issues that result from dangerous but invisible particulates moving quietly through the atmosphere. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, three tried-and-true tactics can be taken to improve the air quality of your home on a year-round basis.
- Go to the source. Find out exactly where the bad air is originating, then eliminate these sources or determine a plan to significantly reduce emissions. For example, if you discover a source of asbestos, you can hire a professional to fully seal and enclose the area to prevent further leakage. A gas stove can be adjusted to reduce emissions, resulting in better air quality. Controlling air quality at the source is a cost-effective way to clean up your indoor air and is often the first step homeowners take to create a healthier living environment.
- Ventilate. If you decide to go a step further to improve your home’s air quality and reduce or eliminate pollutants in the air you breathe on a daily basis, the task now becomes increasing the flow of fresh outdoor air to your home’s interior spaces. If temperature and weather permits, open windows and doors to encourage the flow of fresh air. Consider installing a window-seated air conditioner and open the vent to bring in even more cleansing air. Use kitchen and bathroom fans to clear out areas of stagnation. Ventilation becomes even more important when you are engaged in the regular tasks of living and home maintenance, such as cooking, painting, using a kerosene heater, welding, sanding and sealing.
- Install an air cleaner. The range of air cleaners on the market today is vast. They range from low-cost models that can sit on a table or counter to whole-house systems. Consulting a professional is key if you take this route for improved indoor air quality.
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