Did you know that indoor pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels? With the increase in time spent at home and spring just around the corner, the importance of indoor air quality is more evident. Your home’s indoor air quality can affect not only your breathing but also your sleep. For those with allergies and conditions such as asthma, poor air quality can make being at home uncomfortable.
How can you help maintain good indoor air quality? First and foremost, proper HVAC maintenance. This includes changing your filters regularly and scheduling annual maintenance with a professional. Another way to maintain your air quality is to be more conscious of the products you use.
Household Products That Reduce Indoor Air Quality
This is one that many already know. Aerosol sprays such as hair spray release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) not only into your home but also outdoors. VOCs can make breathing difficult, can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and cause nausea. To reduce the impact on your home’s air, we recommend using these products sparingly.
When there’s a less than pleasant smell in the home, the natural solution is to grab an air freshener. But did you know that air freshener can emit more than 100 different chemicals? This can trigger headaches, asthma attacks, and other respiratory issues. Some alternative ideas include opening a window, turning on a fan to circulate air, and using natural potpourri.
Have you recently painted your home? Those empty paint cans could be reeking havoc ob your indoor air quality. That’s because the gases they give off gases that can trigger breathing issues. To help you reduce the impact, look for paint cans with low VOC levels.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The simple truth is that you won’t necessarily be able to completely eliminate these products from your routines. To combat their negative effect on your homes indoor air quality, there a few things you can do.
- Open windows to allow fresh air from outside to circulate through the house
- Use ceiling fans and floor fans to help keep the air moving
- Try making homemade remedies for hair and freshening needs
- Keep an HVAC maintenance schedule that includes changing the air filters
Your home indoor air quality can play a major role in your overall health. And while it’s impossible to completely eliminate all air pollutants, reducing them has major benefits.