Below are some general tips for maintaining good indoor air quality in homes.
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Below are some general tips for maintaining good indoor air quality in homes. The most effective strategy for reducing indoor air pollution is to eliminate or reduce the sources of contaminants.
Minimize Chemical Pollutants
Avoid smoking indoors. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of indoor pollutants at high concentrations.
Minimize the use of harsh cleaners, solvent-based cleaners or cleaners with strong fragrances.
Control car and appliance exhaust. Do not idle cars, lawnmowers or other engines in the garage, especially those that are attached to the house.
Keep it Clean
Buy machine washable bedding. Wash pillows, sheets and comforters weekly to reduce exposure to allergens, including dust mites.
Consider removing shoes at the door to minimize dust and dirt tracked in from the outdoors.
Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum cleaners with disposable bags and microfiber cloths for surface dust removal.
Keep homes dry. Control relative humidity levels to less than 60 percent, using dehumidifiers if necessary. Clean humidifiers frequently.
House plants can improve indoor air quality by filtering carbon dioxide; however, if they are over-watered, they can encourage mold growth.
Run bathroom exhaust fans while showering.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Open doors and windows when temperature and humidity levels permit. However, be mindful of outdoor allergens during spring and fall seasons.
Make sure that mechanical filters are in place, that they fit well and that they are changed periodically according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Use of home mechanical air systems, with good filtration, can control dust levels. Some additional air cleaners, such as electrostatic systems or ion generators, may be stand alone or part of the home system.
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