Indoor Air Quality – Why It Matters and How to Improve It
If you’re like the average person, you inhale about 15,000 quarts of air per day and spend nearly 90 percent of your time indoors. That’s important information to keep in mind, considering that:
- Indoor air can be two to 100 times more polluted than outside air – VOCs, mold, pollen, pet dander, radon, and other contaminants can accumulate inside today’s increasingly sealed homes.
- Polluted Indoor air can be dangerous – Poor indoor air quality can lead to asthma and other chronic respiratory problems, along with causing headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
- Sources of pollution are all around you – Common sources include emissions from combustion appliances, outgassing from construction materials, chemicals in cleaning and personal care products, outdoor air pollutants such as radon and pesticides, and indoor pollutants such as pet dander, dust mites, and mold.
Five easy ways to improve indoor air quality
The good news is that by taking some simple precautions and making smarter buying choices, you can greatly improve air quality in your home. Here are five suggestions:
- Replace toxic cleaning products with natural, organic alternatives – Shop wisely – or make your own – vinegar and baking soda are great natural cleaning agents that cut grease, clean drains, kill germs, and more.
- Choose low –VOC paint and healthier construction materials for remodeling projects – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment. You’ll pay a little more for low-Voc paint, but it’s a much healthier alternative. Look for mold resistant materials, too.
- Add greenery – Plants absorb toxic chemicals through their leaves. Plant roots and soil bacteria also remove trace levels of toxic vapors. They look great, too!
- Maintain your HVAC system – Sign up for a Service Plan to keep your HVAC systems working properly and moving air freely – and consider investing in a duct cleaning to remove allergens and mold.
- Consider installing whole-house indoor air quality solutions – A whole-house ionizer removes pollutants in your home’s air, and a whole-house humidifier or dehumidifier will keep air at healthy moisture levels to discourage mold and mildew growth.
Breathe easier with indoor air quality systems from Bolkema – contact us today for a FREE estimate!