Whether it’s at home or at work, we spend most of our time indoors. However, our indoor environments can be filled with pollutants. Mold, smoke, paint fumes, and pet dander are just some of the many indoor air pollutants we face on a daily basis. Overexposure to these pollutants can harm our health, especially for those that suffer with asthma or allergies.
Thankfully, there are ways to improve your indoor air quality. Here, we examine some of the most effective means of reducing pollutants inside your home or office.
Improve your ventilation
Good ventilation can help move air around your home and invite newer, fresher air inside. This will help reduce the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home or office. You can do improve your ventilation in a few ways:
- Natural: Natural ventilation includes opening your doors or windows to let the fresh, outdoor air inside
- Mechanical: Mechanical ventilation depends on machines to filter your air, such as HVAC systems or air purifiers
- Infiltration: Similar to natural ventilation, infiltration allows outdoor air to flow into your home through openings or cracks in your walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors
Too much moisture in your home can lead to mold, mildew, bugs, and bacteria. All four of these things can harm your indoor air quality. To keep the air clean, then, you need to reduce the amount of moisture in your home. Use your bathroom and kitchen fans each day to help draw moisture out of these areas. If that’s not enough, you can always purchase a dehumidifier.
Don’t smoke inside
In most public areas and apartment complexes, smoking inside is prohibited. However, it’s a good idea to avoid smoking inside your own home as well. Secondhand smoke can harm those you live with, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.