Improve your indoor air quality in ten easy ways!

October 4, 2012 Comments Off

Sometime people don’t smell or see them, but there are various irritants and air pollutants happily present in your house. They are present in your cosmetics, paints, detergents, disinfectants and other household items.  They may also be found in your bed and pillows as well as in your pet bed. These chemicals can pollute the air and cause breathing difficulties. Lung disease can also be imminent if you do not solve this problem. You don’t need to fear: the following are ten tips to improve your indoor air and allow you to breathe easier.

Eliminate emissions and sources of pollution
The perfect example would lie in your gas stove. Using the stove at a lower level will give lighter emissions. As instructed by the EPA controlling the source of emission is essential. This is one of the most effective ways of improving indoor air.

Lower air pollutants by increasing ventilation
Experts recommend the use of exhaust fans in kitchens are bathrooms. Exhaust fans remove odors and air pollutants from the house.

Use natural air fresheners
It is a known fact that air fresheners have irritant gases. Use natural modes of air fresheners to keep your indoor air clean and fresh.

Encourage the use of voc-free products
You should use VOC-free products and encourage other people to use VOC-free, solvents, paints, cleaning sprays and adhesives. Non-toxic and non-aerosol products are preferred.

Dust mite removal
To get rid of dust mites, clean, wash and vacuum your house on a regular basis.

Avoid starting vehicles in your garage
Anything with an engine, whether a lawnmower or car should not be started in your garage. As these products consumer petroleum products they spread carbon monoxide and other harmful gases in your home.

Radon testing
Radon is a carcinogenic & radioactive gas which is tasteless, odor less as well as invisible. Testing for radon presence is inexpensive. You need to purchase a tester from your nearest hardware store and if you have a reading of more than 4 picocuries then call a radon contractor to fix the issue.

Gardening supplies to be kept outside
Pesticides, urea, manure and other fertilizers which have toxic content should be kept outside the house. Since the chemicals release emissions on their exposure to air, these chemicals should be kept isolated from human contact. Usage of gloves and gardening boots is encouraged and to be left outside the house upon entering. Try using natural methods if possible.

Basement to be kept dry
A dark and damp basement is an excellent breeding ground for mildew and mold. Installing downspouts and roof gutters will help keep your basement dry. Use waterproof sealants to the interior walls of the basement.

Place houseplants in your home
They are excellent air neutralizers. They also help in cleaning and refreshing the air inside your house. Research has actually proven plants to remove toxic gases from the air. Elephant ear philodendron, peace lilies, English ivy and bamboo are some plants known for their air purifying properties.

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