Guest Post By Rachelle Wilber
According to the EPA, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and that makes indoor air quality extremely important. Even if you try to keep your home as clean as possible, it could be filled with countless airborne toxins and contaminants. Here is a look at four steps that you can take to improve your home’s air quality.
Check Your Humidity Levels
Mold thrives in moist environments, and that is why you need to be sure that the humidity in your home is below 50 percent at all times. Installing a whole-house dehumidifier is a great option, but those machines can be a huge investment. As an alternative, you should try to use your windows, vents, and fans to your advantage. Circulating the air throughout each room and allowing moisture to escape through vents should keep the humidity levels below 50 percent in most homes.
Ditch the Toxic Chemicals
You might have dozens of toxic chemicals sitting in your home, and you need to get rid of those products as soon as possible. Some of the worst offenders include old air fresheners, cans of paint, cleaning supplies, and car-cleaning supplies. At the very least, those products should be stored in a separate garage or shed until they are going to be used. You can also make your own cleaning mixtures with white vinegar, mild soap, and lemon juice.
Contact a Cooling and Heating Contractor
No matter how often you change your air filters, your HVAC system is still going to need professional cleaning and maintenance at some point. At least twice a year, you should schedule a service call with an experienced cooling and heating contractor. That specialist will thoroughly clean all of your ducts and make sure that the system doesn’t have any leaks. As an added bonus, they can also help you lower your energy bills by improving the efficiency of the system.
Open Your Windows
While it might seem counterintuitive, opening your windows could actually improve the quality of air in your home. Some of the most common pollutants will become trapped in your home if they don’t have some way to escape, which can result in the build-up of VOCs and radon. Opening your windows for just five minutes a day will allow all of those toxins to escape. This simple trick is completely free and can be carried out by anyone in your family.
In addition to these tips and tactics, you should also make sure that you are constantly testing your home’s air quality. Throughout your home, you should have a wide variety of sensors that test the air for radon, humidity levels, pollen, carbon monoxide, VOCs, and other unwanted contaminants.
More about Rachelle Wilber
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping at the beach or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook @RachelleWilber.
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