From interstate traffic, to billowing industrial smokestacks, to pollen spores floating through the air—these are just a few of the images that come to mind when we think about air pollution. But what about indoor air pollution? Do you ever wonder how safe the air is inside your home?
In the US indoor air quality is a common issue and can be tough on those who suffer from allergies. Though most homeowners keep a tidy home, the air quality inside your home can be as bad or sometimes even worse than it is outdoors.
Even before COVID-19, the average American was already spending 90% of their time indoors, you would think more people would be more concerned about the air quality inside their home. Take action today and create a healthier living environment in your home with our five tips on how to improve the air quality of your house.
Common Causes of Indoor Air Quality Issues
Air pollutants can range from contaminants brought in from the outdoors by your pets to dangerous gas leaks, from cleaners you use every day, and even air fresheners. Poor indoor air quality affects everyone in the home but will mostly impact children, asthma sufferers, those with allergies, and the elderly. Here are other common contaminants that can affect the air quality inside your house.
Dust & Dirt
Viruses & Bacteria
Pet Hair & Dander
Keep Your Home Clean
If you don’t already regularly clean your home at least once a week, consider taking the time to do so. If you don’t have the time to clean your home from top to bottom, vacuuming and mopping on a weekly basis will greatly improve the air quality in your home.
Use a vacuum with a strong suction and HEPA filter as it will ensure that the dirt and dust won’t get blown back out in its exhaust. Vacuum thoroughly in high traffic areas, carpets, walls and don’t forget your upholstered furniture where dust tends to accumulate. Afterwards mop your floors as it will pick up any dust that the vacuum left behind.
If you use a microfiber mop, all you will really need is a little water as these capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t need any cleaning solutions to do the trick.
Invest in An Air Purifier
Another great way to up the ante on purifying the air in your home is by purchasing an air purifier. There are many models out there and they can be small enough to fit on your desk or large enough to purify the air in your entire home.
What all well-built air purifiers have in common is their ability to remove up to 99.9% of air contaminants like dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores and pet dander. Some machines use three-stage filtration systems while others will use UV or ions to clean the air that it takes in. Do your research as there are many options available now and one for every budget.
<< Pictured: Large Room XQ Air Purifier by Winix (more info on this model can be found here)
Balance Your Home's Humidity
Mold and dust mites thrive in areas with a lot of moisture. If you keep the humidity in your home to around 30% to 50% this will help keep mold, dust mites and other allergens under control
Use a dehumidifier (and air conditioner during warmer months) to help reduce the moisture in your home’s air. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count thanks to its filters. Don’t forget to check on your AC filter once a month and change it out when needed.
Bring the Freshness of Nature Indoors with Air Purifying Plants
Plants are nature’s air filters. Consider buying a few indoor plants that are known to purify air naturally, while also enhancing your home’s décor. To fully reap the benefits of air purifying plants, have at least two plants per 100 square feet and keep in mind that plants with larger leaves can purify the air faster.
Indoor plants that are great air purifiers and are easy to take care of are the variegated snake plant, red-edged dracaena, broadleaf lady palm, spider plant, devil’s ivy, Chinese evergreen and a rubber fig. Remember some plants can be poisonous to cats, dogs and other animals, so be sure to do your research on your plants and bring in only pet-friendly varieties if you have pets.
Open Your Windows as Often as You Can
Even during the colder months, open your windows from time to time to allow fresh air to move into the house. Doing so will allow your home to vent out and freshen. Open your windows and use a fan in the kitchen to help vent out fumes while you are cooking.
Opening your windows for even just five minutes a day can drastically improve your indoor air quality as it helps alleviate the amount of harmful air pollutants that have settled inside.
How 5th Ave Construction's custom homes aim for better indoor air quality
5th Avenue Construction cares about your health and your family's health, the materials that we use in our custom homes are high quality and non-toxic. We also ensure that each home we build has the correct amount of ventilation for the size of the home by adding required vents and extractor fans inside each bathroom and in the kitchen. The HVAC systems we install in every home also utilizes HEPA filters, which can be easily swapped out when required.
Want to know more about the custom homes that we build and how we build your home for better indoor air quality? Contact our New Home Specialist for a free consultation and find out today. Call us at (331) 255-7500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.