When you think of air pollution, you may think about what pollutes the air outside. However, there are many pollutants in the home and office that reduce indoor air quality. As a result, people face a higher risk of suffering from various illnesses, especially illnesses that affect the respiratory system. Here are some major steps you can take to reduce your risk in the home.
- Keep your floors clean
Allergens, chemicals, and other irritants can build up in dust over a long period of time. Cleaning your floors on a regular basis will remove dust and debris and prevent buildup. Choose a vacuum that has a strong suction and rotating brushes, and also has a HEPA filter. This will prevent dust from blowing back out as you vacuum. In high-traffic areas, such as the family room, you will want to vacuum the same area several times. A good schedule is to vacuum at least twice a week.
After vacuuming, go over the floors with a mop. This will pick up anything that the vacuum left behind. You don’t need to add soap; plain water works well in removing leftover dust. Mops with microfibers work better than traditional fibers in picking up dust.
Once your doors are clean, add a floor mat at every door. This will reduce the amount of dirt and pollutants that people track into the home from outside.
- Maintain humidity levels
Some of the most common pollutants are mold and dust mites, and both love moisture. To keep then under control and improve indoor air quality, try maintaining humidity levels of 30%-50% in the home. You can do this by running an air conditioner during warmer months and a dehumidifier during cooler months.
You can also reduce the humidity in your home by turning on the exhaust fan or opening a window when using the washer, showering, or cooking. Set up your clothes dryer to vent outside, and fix any leaky plumbing that can attract mold.
- Test for radon
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that comes from the natural decaying of uranium present in soil. It has the potential to leak into any home, new or old, by seeping into the cracks and holes in the foundation.
Testing for radon is an inexpensive and easy way to determine if you have a problem. If your home has high levels of radon, there are affordable ways of reducing it.
Taking the time to keep your home free of pollutants will improve indoor air quality and help keep your family healthy.
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