Posting Date: October 24, 2017
Posted by: John Barbato, Branch Manager of Orlando and Daytona, FL
Did you know that the US Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health?
It’s true – when you combine chemicals found in everything from furniture adhesives to scented candles with naturally occurring microorganisms and an air tight home, you get the potential for an unhealthy mix of air that can pose health risks ranging from simple respiratory discomfort to asthma.
The question is how do you improve indoor air quality in your home?
The most effective way is to follow an indoor air quality strategy that reduces pollutants and your exposure to them. Here are some suggestions:
- Spend more time outside – Americans – especially the elderly – can spend 18 hours or more breathing indoor air; spending a little more time outside can do wonders for your health.
- Improve ventilation — Open windows and fans keep indoor air moving and minimize the concentration of pollutants.
- Dust with a damp cloth – Dry dusting (or not dusting at all) can simply move dust around; make sure you actually remove particles from surfaces.
- Add greenery – Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots (they look great, too!)
- Use a HEPA vacuum – A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
- Change your buying habits — Learn about healthier options for everything from furniture and construction materials to air fresheners and cleaning products.
- Try a whole house air quality solution — Humidifiers, dehumidifiers, whole house air purifiers and UV filters are great options for clearing the air and making your home less susceptible to the spread of microorganisms.
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