While there’s no bumper-to-bumper traffic in your house or flowers shaking off layers of pollen, the air you breathe inside your home may be more polluted than outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air often has 2 – 5 times more allergens and pollutants than is typically outside.
Are you ready to welcome a breath of fresh air? Follow our tips and guidelines and we’ll help you understand how to improve your indoor air quality from air vent covers to air filters and more.
Indoor air pollutants are the same ones you find outside.
Outside you may be subject to pollution from car emissions, secondhand smoke, pesticides and pollen. The same things that impact what you breathe outside can affect the air inside your home. Harmful smoke can enter through chimneys, cracks in structures can introduce radon, and poor ventilation can circulate carbon monoxide indoors. Your pet’s hair and dander and your common cleaning products can also negatively affect air quality.
Eliminate pollutants, improve ventilation and purify your air to improve its quality.
There are a few things you can do to combat the pollution inside your own home. The first step is to identify common sources and ensure that they’re properly contained.
- Test for Radon
Any home could have radon — whether old or new, with or without a basement. It’s a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in nearly all soils. It’s a carcinogenic that can build up in your home and cause issues with your lungs. It’s easy to test for and eliminate radon. First, buy an at home radon kit and test various areas of your house, especially any downstairs or basement areas. Make sure your home is under 4 pCi/L of radon. If it tests higher, ventilate your areas often and talk to a local expert about removal.
- Properly Ventilate Your Home
Circulating outdoor air in your home is an important and impactful way of promoting good air quality. Reduce the build-up of your indoor air pollution by opening your doors and windows. Do this for 10 – 15 minutes every so often to get the fresh air flowing.
- Check Your Air Vents and the Covers
Make sure your air vent covers are allowing the maximum amount of airflow throughout your house. You’ll want to be sure that nothing is blocking your vent covers and that air is distributed evenly. At Stellar Air, we test our covers to ensure they don’t compromise your HVAC system. By switching to Stellar Air’s covers, you’ll not only improve the look of your home but improve your air flow.
- Purify Your Air with the Right Filters
It may be a good idea to purchase a portable air cleaner or upgrade the air filters in your furnace and HVAC system. Keep in mind that a portable air cleaner will filter the air for one single room or area, but your HVAC will have the greatest impact. High efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, can remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and other airborne particles. Be sure to also check the filters for things like your vacuum cleaner and clothes dryer.
- Be Mindful of Your Cleaning Supplies
Lastly, check the cleaning supplies in your home for harsh chemicals. Using paints, varnishes, wax and pesticides can be dangerous for your air quality. Properly ventilate while using these chemicals and make sure to store them in a secure place.
These tips will help you follow the EPA’s recommended strategies to manage the source of allergens, improve your ventilation and clean your air.