Low Tech Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted: November 18, 2014

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Posted: November 18, 2014
Posted by: David O’Connell, President

Homeowners who live in locations that experience harsh winters are starting to prepare themselves and their homes for a cold winter season. With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting another colder-than-normal winter here in the northeast, this means we will be spending more time indoors with the windows closed, the heat on and no real opportunities to let nature improve indoor air quality. This can make a home uncomfortable as winter drags on and also increase the health risks presented by poor indoor air quality.

While there are a wide variety of indoor air quality systems available, there are some simple, low tech steps that you can take to help to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

Regularly clean your floors, at least once a week during the winter months and preferably with a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPA filter which prevents dust and dirt from being blown back out of the vacuum. Dust that settles on floors may contain harmful chemicals and allergens that can lead to respiratory problems. Mop floors after vacuuming to remove any lingering dust.

Be sure that you have a floor mat at every entrance to your home and be sure that everyone entering uses it. If possible, have friends and family leave their shoes at the door to avoid tracking in dirt and other unwanted elements from outdoors.

As nice as they can smell, avoid plug-in air fresheners, many of which contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the variety of chemicals used to create the scent. Instead of plug-ins or artificial air fresheners, slice fresh lemons and leave them out in the kitchen to absorb odors. Add indoor plants to living areas. Not only will they look nice, but indoor plants naturally purify indoor air by absorbing materials released by synthetic materials such as carpeting, blankets, upholstery or drapes and curtains.

Synthetic fragrances in laundry detergents and household cleaners often emit dozens of chemicals into the air. Use naturally scented products, especially your laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dryer sheets whenever possible.

Dehumidify your home. Mold and dust mites thrive on moisture so it is best to try to control the humidity level in the air. Use an exhaust fan when cooking. Be sure there are no leaky plumbing fixtures to prevent mold growth and make sure your dryer is vented to the outside of your home and that the vent is clear. You can also use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture level and reduce indoor air allergens in your home.

If you have any questions about your indoor air quality and making your home more comfortable, contact us or call Wilson today at 888-607-2621.