4 Things That Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

4 Things That Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

What Impacts Your Indoor Air Quality?

Going outside for some fresh air is a great way to clear your head and take a moment to yourself. But in reality, the outdoor air is usually less clean than the air inside your own home. Outdoors, you’re exposed to all sorts of allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust.

Of course, these air-borne pollutants can also be found in your home, along with a few more as a result of some of our habits. Luckily, there are many things you can do to improve your indoor air quality to provide the freshest and cleanest air possible indoors for your family.

In order to do so, let’s discover the common causes of poor indoor air quality. Then we’ll take a look at ways to combat these contaminants.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are a great way to make our homes smell clean and fresh. However, the effects only last for a short period of time before it’s time to spray again. Each time you spray your favorite air freshener from a can, you’re releasing chemicals into your home. These harmful chemicals include:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates

All of these can cause reproductive harm, an increased risk of cancer, sinus irritation, and kidney and liver damage.

Decrease your risk by choosing alternative ways to keep your home smelling fresh such as simmer pots, soy candles, and essential oils.

Cleaning Solutions

Like the air fresheners mentioned above, there are certain cleaning solutions that are filled with chemicals and can severely affect your indoor air quality.

The VOC’s and other substances in these solutions can worsen asthma symptoms, harm the sinuses, and increase headaches and nausea.

Look for cleaning products that meet the Safer Choice Standard developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for a safer cleaning day. If you must use chemically-filled cleaning products, make sure you have proper ventilation, wear gloves, and thoroughly rinse the area with water after cleaning.

Pets

While they may be our best friends, our noses don’t always agree with the cuddles and companionship of our pets. Pet dander can easily irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and trigger allergy symptoms including coughing, watery eyes, and rashes.

Not to worry, there are ways you can combat these symptoms and cut down on the pet dander in your air.

  • Make sure your pets are regularly groomed and brushed to keep the shedding to a minimum.
  • Keep pets off of furniture and out of your bedroom.
  • Clean your home regularly, including vacuuming and mopping.
  • Change your HVAC’s air filter frequently.
  • Use an air purifier.

With these steps, you’ll be free to give your pets all the love they deserve without compromising your breathing.

Neglected Cleaning

A large contributor to poor indoor air quality is a lack of cleaning. As surfaces become more dirty and dusty, these particles are swept up into the air and spread throughout your home, creating an endless cycle of polluted air.

Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it as best as you can in order to keep the dust levels down and your air quality up.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Combating all of these indoor air pollutants is easier than you think and requires only a few changes to your daily routine. In addition to the solutions we provided above like regular cleaning and a change in your cleaning products, it is crucial that you change your air filter at least once every three months to avoid build-up.

A clogged air filter will not only worsen your air quality, it can also cause a variety of problems with your HVAC system and can cause more frequent breakdowns.

Maintaining a properly functioning HVAC system is another way you can help improve your air quality at home. For any and all HVAC problems, give Total Comfort Solutions, LLC a call at (509) 956-4764!
 

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