The level of air pollution inside your home or office is often more than what you experience outdoors. The most common pollutants affecting indoor air quality include house dust, radon, fire retardants, pet hair, mold, and mildew, among other agents. Eliminating these pollutants is necessary to control allergies, as well as various respiratory conditions.
The three top strategies to improve indoor air quality
- Controlling the source of pollution
Controlling one or more sources of pollution in your home is a sure way of eliminating pollutants or reducing their emissions. Some of the actions that you could take include:
- Sealing or plugging sources that emit asbestos inside your home.
- Adjusting gas stoves to reduce the number of emissions.
- Leaving shoes outside the house and removing clothes that were worn outdoors.
- Regularly clean your bathmats, sheets, pillowcases, and towels (with hot water).
- Regularly clean warm and moist places such as the corners of your bathtub or shower.
- Regularly check and replace your furnace filter when it appears dirty.
- Improving ventilation
Improving the ventilation in your home ensures that a sufficient amount of outdoor air enters to replace stale air and helps to reduce concentrations of air pollutants. You can achieve this through:
- Opening doors and windows when the weather permits.
- Running the attic fan or window fans to exchange more air.
- Opening the vent control of your window air conditioner and letting the A/C run for some time.
- Running your central A/C on “fan only” when the compressor’s not working.
- Installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which aids the heating and cooling processes while ventilating your home, by transferring heat energy between the outgoing and incoming air flows.
- Installing fans that exhaust outdoors.
- Air purification/cleaning/filtration
One of the most proactive strategies to improve indoor air quality involves cleaning, filtering, or purifying indoor air. You can achieve this using a wide variety of devices installed in your home. For instance:
- Turning on your air conditioning system filters the indoor air and eliminates excess moisture. Dampness creates favorable conditions for the growth of mildew and mold.
- Running an air cleaner/purifier eliminates minute dust particles, pollen, dirt, and other allergens from the air.
- Vacuuming your carpet and upholstery using double-layer bags or a HEPA filter system eliminates pet hair and dust mites from your home.
- Using germicidal lights destroys organic contaminants in the air.
For more strategies to improve indoor air quality in your New Jersey home, please contact us at Pipe Works Services