We spend a lot of our time indoors in our homes, especially in recent times. Our homes are supposed to be a haven where we can feel the most safe and comfortable. But have you ever considered the quality of your indoor air? Indoor air quality can have a lot a big impact on the health of your family, especially if they already have any kind of existing respiratory illness or other condition.
By improving air quality in your home, you can avoid asthma attacks, allergy symptoms and breathe easier in the colder months. While it may not be possible to remove all allergens in your home, you can lessen the amount and exposure to them by making a few simple adjustments. Here are several strategies that you may use to improve indoor air quality.
1. Control the Source
One of the most efficient ways of improving air quality in your home is by eliminating individual sources of contamination or reducing their emission releases. Some sources, for instance those having asbestos, might be enclosed or airtight. Others, like gas stoves, may be modified to lessen the release of emissions. In most cases, managing the source is also a cheaper method of protecting air quality in your living space than enhancing ventilation, which can lead to increased energy prices.
2. Enhanced Ventilation
Another method of reducing indoor pollutants is to allow more outdoor air indoors. Many home cooling and heating systems do not automatically bring clean and fresh air into your home. Opening doors and windows, running ceiling fans or operating a window air conditioner with the ventilation control open can help bring in more fresh air. Local fans for bathrooms or kitchens that exhaust outside remove pollutants directly from the area where the fan is positioned and also increase the ventilation rate of the outside air.
3. Make Sure the Humidity Level is Healthy
Mold and dust mites love moisture. If you keep the humidity between 30% and 50%, all allergens remain under control. Using a dehumidifier helps to reduce indoor humidity and efficiently control allergens.
4. Perform Radon Test
Whether you live in a new or older house, you might have a radon issue. This colorless, fragrance-free gas significantly increases the possibility of lung problems. In the U.S., the second top source of lung cancer is radon. If you smoke in a place with high levels of radon, the possibility of having lung cancer is particularly high.
Radon refers to the radioactive gas. It originates from the natural decomposition of uranium in almost all soils. It usually moves through the floor, and holes and cracks in the foundation of your home. Designer homes, homes with a basement, airtight homes – every home has the potential to have a radon issue.
5. Buy Indoor Plants to Cool the Air
Plants are natural air cleaners. Implementing some houseplants can do marvels to improve the air quality of your home while enhancing your home decoration. Small plants such as lilies and ferns (which grow indoors) and bigger palm trees are the most elegant ways to remove pollutants from the air.
Diligence and preventive maintenance are required to keep the indoor air clean and breathable. Apply the above methods and enjoy the fresh air in your home.
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