According to studies published by the EPA, indoor air quality is often more polluted than outdoor air. When you consider that most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, it is easy to see that indoor air quality is very important.
There are many types of interior pollutants
There is a long list of airborne particles that can be found in a home, including animal dander, dust, dust mites, mold, and pollen. There are also harmful chemicals that can create bad air quality, such as those found in certain paints, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, composite woods, and fuels. Smoking indoors also creates pollutants, even if the homeowner only smokes in one room of a home.
Many parts of the country can also have high levels of Radon. This is naturally occurring gas that’s radioactive, odorless, and colorless. It can get into a building through cracks in the foundation or conduits that have not been properly sealed. The only way to know if your home has radon is to have it tested. There are other odorless, colorless pollutant gases, such as carbon monoxide.
There are numerous ways to improve air quality
The EPA offers numerous suggestions on improving indoor air quality. The top tip is to improve ventilation. If you can open the windows, do so. If you have a ceiling fan, let it run. If your kitchen or bathroom has an exhaust fan, run it to get rid of humid air and cooking fumes. We can also install a mechanical indoor air cleaner that can help keep the air that moves through your HVAC as safe as possible.
Take care of your HVAC system
Another way to help maintain clean air in your home is to clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioning system. These filters work to capture airborne particles and prevent them from getting into your duct system. When the filter becomes saturated, it cannot capture these particles and they get circulated through the home. Not changing your filters can also make your HVAC system work harder, which will decrease its lifespan.