Compared to water and food, breathable air is the most important. We can’t survive more than a few minutes without oxygen. Unfortunately, indoor air quality can be quite contaminated with many pollutants. In homes and workplaces, it can be quite challenging to improve indoor air quality. Healthy air quality inside your home may solve problems like itchy skin and watery eyes. During the summer, kitchen smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust mites and molds could increase the risk of cold, upper respiratory infections and asthma attacks. Here are things you should do to improve indoor air quality:
- Improve air circulation: Most of the time, you have poor air quality, because air doesn’t circulate well indoor. You should throw open the windows to let the stale air out and fresh air in. Investing on a strong house fan can be a good thing. You can strategically position it near an open window, to suck the fresh air from outside and push it to windows at the other end of the room. This will allow fresh air to move in and out of your house constantly. After 30 minutes, you may notice a remarkable difference, you breathe easier and your mind feels clearer. You should do this when cooking and doing spring cleaning tasks.
- Control the contamination source: If you want to have good air quality, you need to fully control the potential sources of contamination. As an example, the chimney could have build-up of creosote. A quick chimney clean up could improve air quality dramatically during the winter. Various simple adjustments inside the house could prevent asbestos dust from accumulating inside your house. After years of smoking indoors, tobacco smoke can accumulate, causing various potential problems. Try to smoke outside and better yet, you should quit smoking completely.
- Use air purifiers: There are hundreds of air purifier models out there that you can choose. During winter, you can’t just let the freezing air in. Instead, you need to use purifiers to clean up circulated air. Choose small units that can fit in each of your room. A big purifier that cleans up air for the entire house can be quite expensive. Instead, you should buy one or a couple of small purifiers to clean up the most affected room in your house, such as areas near kitchen, fireplace and furnace. Later, you can buy more units when budget allows. Regardless of what model you use, make sure that it functions well. Some low-cost purifiers are not powerful enough to remove pollen, pet dander and very small smoke particles. When choosing a model, you should make sure that it has a high efficiency rate. Find out, the cubic feet of air that the filter can process each minute. So, it takes some research to know what models that works effectively, despite being affordable. Of your budget allows, you should choose purifiers with HEPA filters that can trap very small particles. However, you need to replace HEPA filters regularly, so you prepare your budget for this.