Improving the air quality inside your home can have a positive impact on your health. Of course, everyone agrees that air pollution outdoors is a major health concern. However, it is also important to consider the quality of air indoors. After all, we usually spend the majority of our time at home and, therefore, air quality in the home should be the best possible.
It is obvious that things like cigarette smoke, dust mites, and mold are major causes of indoor air pollution. In some cases, the first time some homeowners learn that mold is affecting their home is during a home inspection. This means that, for a long time, the occupants could have been inhaling potentially harmful pathogens.
What can you do to improve the air you breathe in at home?
Ways to Improve Air Quality
1. Keep floors clean
Regularly clean your floors with a good vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. This will help to remove dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens from contaminating your home. The filter will ensure that these pollutants are not released back into the air.
2. Keep humidity in check
It is essential to prevent too much moisture in your home. High humidity can create a perfect environment for mold and dust mites to thrive. In some cases, a dehumidifier can help to reduce moisture levels and improve air quality.
Also, ensure that you don’t have any leaking faucets or areas in your basement where water is gathering.
3. Test for radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that can occur naturally in the soil. This carcinogenic gas can leak into homes and pollute the air. According to journal CMAJ Open, radon was responsible for about 17% of lung cancer cases in Alberta in 2011. Testing for radon and then remediating the problem can help to lower any risk of lung cancer.
4. Use natural air fresheners to improve air quality
Avoid chemical air fresheners as they may contain toxic or hazardous compounds. In many cases, these are just listed as ‘fragrance’ and their actual composition is unknown. Choose ‘fragrance-free’ or naturally-scented products for cleaning your home and laundry.