The air in your Richmond home may be up to five times dirtier than the air outdoors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and if you're one of the average Americans who spends 90 percent of your time indoors, it may be taking a toll on your health. Particles such as mold, pollen and dust-mite debris are highly allergenic and can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms. Gaseous contaminants, such as combustion gases, can cause respiratory illnesses down the road, and may compromise the health of small children and older adults. Here are five surefire ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
- Keep your floors clean. Dust contains a large number of particulate pollutants, including dust mites and their cast skin and droppings. Vacuum weekly with HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner. Mop after you vacuum to trap remaining microscopic particles. Remove your shoes when you enter your home to keep particles and gaseous pollutants out.
- Filter more particles from your air. Check the specs of your furnace, and choose the best-quality air filter your HVAC system will accommodate to trap more, smaller particles in your air. Check your filter every month, and replace it when it's covered in dust. Consider a whole-house or portable air cleaner to trap particles in the most-used rooms of your home, such as the den and bedrooms.
- Keep your home's humidity level in the optimum 30 to 50 percent range. Dust mites and other critters love humidity, which also promotes mold growth. Low humidity can cause viruses and bacteria to stay airborne longer, which can infect you more easily, especially since dry air also dries out your nasal passages.
- Choose chemical-free household cleaners and air fresheners, which contain numerous dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens and hormone disruptors that contaminate your air.
- Install UV lights in your HVAC system to kill biological contaminants, such as mold, bacteria, viruses and dust mites in your air.
For more expert advice about improving the indoor air quality in your Richmond area home, please contact us at Gilman Heating & Cooling.
Written by Winston Hancock