The world can be unpredictable, and the very air you breathe might be harmful to you. When you step outside your home, you don’t have control over the things that affect you. Inside your home is your domain, and there are many habits you can form that protect you and your family from indoor air pollution.
1. Your Cleaning Practices
We all know what a pain it is to clean our homes, but the value of cleaning regularly is huge! The main culprits of lung irritation or allergy are pollen, dust and dander that land on the fabrics in your home and float up when you breathe. When you include carpets, rugs, curtains and bedding, there are a lot of fabrics in your home that could be contributing to your poor indoor air quality.
Get in the habit of vacuuming, dusting and washing linens on a regular basis to ward off those hidden particles. If you have children or pets, you should consider vacuuming and cleaning more often as pets release high amounts of fur and dander into the air, and children spend more time crawling and breathing near the floor.
2. Avoid Putting Chemicals In The Air
Unfortunately, the liquids that make many of our household items smell good are actually chemicals! This means that candles, air fresheners and even cleaning supplies can affect the quality of your air. Opt for natural materials when choosing cleaning supplies that are VOC-free, eco-friendly and/or unscented. Pay attention to air fresheners especially — the chemicals that smell good usually only mask the bad smells instead of getting rid of them. The fewer chemicals in your air, the better!
3. Pay Attention To The Source
The source of air contamination in your home may surprise you, and it’s always better to be aware of what is causing your poor indoor air quality. One popular example is your pets! Consider grooming and washing your pets more often to keep the spread of dander and fur to a minimum.
Another hidden source of air pollution is your shoes. When you come home, your shoes bring the outside world with them. Get into the habit of taking your shoes off at the door to limit the dirt, pollen and other contaminants that make their way into the rest of your home.
4. Ventilation Is Key
No matter what your IAQ, it’s important to have effective ventilation processes in place to help your air circulate properly. Here in Texas, we don’t have very many times of the year when opening windows and doors is a good ventilation option. Ceiling fans are great for circulation, but also remember to turn on exhaust fans when cooking or using the bathroom. The steam created when cooking or showering is not something you want hanging around in your air.
5. Professional IAQ Testing
If you’re unaware of what kinds of pollutants are in your air, how can you implement the right habits to protect your home against them? That’s why having a professional IAQ test done on your home can help. The specific contaminants that are hanging around can be targeted, and the experts at Efficient Systems can suggest the best solution for your situation.
Let Us Help!
If you’re wondering how to improve air quality in your home, we can help! Whether the healthy home habits aren’t working or you simply want a professional opinion, our team will get to the bottom of your IAQ. Explore our air filtration and purification options, or give us a call!