Indoor Air Quality can be a difficult problem to solve. So, here are some tips to help control the harmful particles that may be circulating through your home.
- Don’t Smoke Indoors – smoking is bad for your indoor air quality. Chemical pollutants and other harmful particles will be in the air you breathe.
- When cooking, use your exhaust fan – the fan allows you to get rid of particulates that are created by cooking. This fan will help keep your air less polluted.
- Wash bedsheets frequently – wash your sheets, blankets, pillows and pillowcases in water that is at least 140F degrees to get rid of dust mites.
- Limit candles and air fresheners – Everyone loves the smell of their home while burning a nice candle, truth is they emit volatile organic compounds. Make sure you use sot or beeswax candles, they emit lower volatile organic compounds, they are more expensive but are worth it.
- Make sure door between house and garage is sealed – a lot of people use their garage to store chemicals, weed eaters, lawnmowers, paint and other products. The fumes from these products can leak into your home and circulated throughout. If you have no other place to store them, make sure they are stored in a sealed container.
- Use exhaust fan in bathroom- people use the bathroom to get ready in the mornings, spraying hairspray, cologne, deodorant, perfumes and other products like this can emit particulates. Make sure the ventilation of the fan goes outside.
- Limit flames – fireplaces and burning wood inside of stoves with cause indoor air pollution if ventilation is not set up correctly.
- Use a doormat – The bottom of your shoes is one of the biggest carriers of particulates. A doormat will help cut it down. This will help control the amount of particulates that get into your home and will be beneficial for those with asthma and other allergies.
- Use a high efficiency particulate air filter or central vacuum system – Getting all the dirt and dust from the carpet in your home is very important in maintaining the health of your home. Make sure you have a vacuum that will trap the dirt inside a container and not allow any to get out. You should buy a HEPA or whole home central vacuum.