Improve your Home Air Quality Today
When it comes to home air quality, you’re up against…everything. Among homeowners concerned about maintaining healthy homes, air quality was among their top worries. Particles like pollen, mold, animal hair, dust mites, germs, air sprays and even smoke can cause mild to severe problems for everyone in your home. They can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, are linked to bad odors and can cause long-term health problems. And they are everywhere! But while these air pollutants pose a constant threat to home air quality, there are measures you can take to reduce their impact.
In this article, we’ll walk you through 6 simple steps to improving the air quality in your home. There’s also a free air quality checklist you can download at the end of the article.
Open your windows to improve home air quality
Nature is still your best option to clean out toxins from your home. Open windows (and a couple of fans) can remove a surprising amount of pollutants with minimal effort on your part. Just make sure the weather cooperates before you open every window in the house!
Note: This isn’t always the best policy. During high-pollen days in the spring or autumn, keeping windows closed and using a portable or whole-house air purifier is a better choice.
Reduce cleaning-related toxins
Our focus in this section is on the cleaning products, personal grooming products (like hairsprays) and home repair supplies you use. Many of the most popular and cheapest brands also contain the most chemicals, which get into the air and then into your lungs. Switching to green products slowly over time will create a better home air quality.
For acute cleaners, like ammonia or bleach, try diluting them or using milder substances. Vinegar, lemon juice, and water is a simple DIY cleaner that won’t harm your air quality. Finally, for home repair supplies like paint and varnishes, make sure you buy them in either small quantities that you’ll use up, or else store them in airtight containers. Unless a container is truly airtight, these products can leach harmful vapors and gases into the air without anyone noticing.
Keep moisture to a minimum
Running an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help control moisture in your home – especially basements and other closed spaces. This will make the air feel fresher, and remove environmental conditions that mold and mites love. Be sure to install clean filters in your devices before running them.
Break out the vacuum regularly
It may be a hassle, but it’s also among the best ways to regulate the amount and type of particles in the air. Your vacuum will remove most of the dust and other small debris that finds its way into your furniture, carpets, and other absorbent materials. Vacuuming is an absolute must if you have pets, kids, or both.
When it comes to home air quality, consider your vacuum an investment – so don’t skimp if your budget allows. The better your vacuum, the better quality your air will be. There are also handy automatic vacuums (robots) that can help you keep up with daily maintenance between your weekly deep cleanings.
Focus on the rooms that matter most
Where do you spend the most time in your home? The answer is, for most people, the bedroom. We spend 6 to 8 hours per night sleeping there and breathe in whatever is in the air. Bedrooms are also home to bigger furniture, such as mattresses and recliners, which means more dust particles will settle there.
There are a few things you can do to help manage the air quality in your bedroom. First, make sure your mattress, box spring, and pillows are encased in a microfiber cover that reduces or eliminates the entry of toxins. Next, wash your sheets on a weekly basis in hot water and dry them on high heat. This will keep most germs and remove excess particulate matter.
Finally, consider keeping the windows shut and installing a dedicated air purifier. This will ensure the tightest regulation on air quality, which is important in rooms where you spend a lot of time.
Test your home air quality
Even if you take the measures suggested above, it is still possible that your home air quality will be suboptimal. This is especially plausible if you live in an older home. Homes built before the 1970s have a higher risk of toxic substances like asbestos or radon in the building materials. These are especially dangerous. Older homes also have had more time to accumulate mold and may have issues in the construction where air can seep in our out.
In these cases, testing is the only certain way of understanding if your home air quality measures are or aren’t working. There are kits available to do this yourself, but for the most accurate readings, we recommend hiring a professional.
The ultimate cleaner-air checklist
This article will get you started on your home’s cleaner air initiative, but there’s always more to do. If you want to get even more serious about home air quality, we recommend going to the true experts. Honeywell has published a cleaner air guide and checklist that will take you through your house room by room.
By following our suggestions, and then working with the Honeywell guide, your home’s air quality will improve dramatically in just a few days!
At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including home air quality solutions, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!
For more information about how we can help make you’re your next major home remodel more comfortable, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.