With all of the different qualms associated with winter, the lack of fresh air is one of the biggest. Coupled with poorly ventilated buildings and homes, this can actually become a concern more serious than cabin fever.
Poorly ventilated spaces lead to poor indoor air quality, which can lead to many health problems, including asthma, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
The biggest factor of poor indoor air quality is the lack of fresh, clean air, but it doesn’t stop there. Some of the other factors include:
One of the most important things to do when attempting to improve your home’s air quality is to retrofit your ventilation properly. Investment in proper retrofitting results in fewer building failures and health problems as well as increased energy savings. The EPA also recommends that when remodeling your house, you should have a certified professional come to inspect the ventilation.
Investing in an air cleaner, as long as it’s properly maintained and serviced, is a great way to help reduce the number of pollutants in your home. Whether you choose a table-top filtration device or a whole-home air ventilator, there is an appropriate size and model for every home’s needs. Depending on the size, make, and model, your air cleaner can filter out all kinds of pollutants and particulates. Please note, however, that air cleaners do not typically remove toxic gases, such as radon and CO2.
Keeping up with your housework is actually a very effective way to maintain good indoor air quality levels. Regular vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, and mopping, helps collect potentially dangerous air particulates that could be damaging to your health. Washing walls, blankets, pillows, and curtains should also be done regularly.
Doing something as simple as removing your shoes at the door before you get in the house helps prevent outside pollutants from entering and dispersing throughout your house.
Have your home’s ventilation system, vacuum, and heating and cooling system filters changed regularly. It helps your HVAC equipment run more efficiently and keeps particles out of your home. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for scheduling.
If you are a smoker, or someone in your home is, be sure to smoke outside. Not only does it prevent second-hand smoke, but it keeps the home cleaner and safer for everyone.
Keeping your home safe is important, and we at UNYEA are committed to providing information for your home and family’s safety, health, and comfort. If you have any other questions about indoor air quality or steps to improve it, please contact us. We’d be happy to help!