Indoor air quality can have a significant impact on our health and well-being, and it’s important to be aware of common indoor air quality issues and how to fix them. Some of the most common indoor air pollutants include poor ventilation, mold and mildew, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and dust and allergens. Exposure to these pollutants can cause a range of health problems, from headaches and fatigue to respiratory issues and even lung cancer.
To improve indoor air quality, it’s important to take action to reduce exposure to these pollutants. Here are some tips on how to fix common indoor air quality issues:
- Poor ventilation: Open windows and doors to let in fresh air, install exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and use air purifiers to remove pollutants from the air.
- Mold and mildew: Keep indoor humidity levels below 60% by using dehumidifiers or air conditioners, and clean up any visible mold or mildew with a mixture of water and vinegar.
- VOCs: Choose products with low or no VOCs, use natural cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda, and avoid using air fresheners altogether.
- Carbon monoxide: Have your gas appliances inspected and serviced regularly, and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Radon: Test for radon using a testing kit or hire a professional to test your home, and install a radon mitigation system to reduce the levels if necessary.
- Dust and allergens: Vacuum and dust regularly, wash bedding and curtains frequently, and use air purifiers to remove particles from the air.
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month serves as a reminder of the importance of indoor air quality. One crucial action is to change HVAC filters regularly to keep the air circulating effectively. By taking steps to improve ventilation, reduce exposure to pollutants, and keep your home clean and well-maintained, you can create a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. If you have questions or concerns about the quality of the air in your home or business, reach out Quigley to schedule an appointment.