Home Inspections – How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home
One of the most important factors within your home is the quality of air that you and your family breathe. There has been a rise in awareness about indoor air quality, and we thought it might be helpful to discuss ways to improve the air inside, rather than hope that your air purifying or ventilation system is doing the trick.
Before we jump into that, however, let’s take a look at the common causes, as this may help you address poor air quality in your home according to the Department of Labor.
- Lack of Ventilation
- Unmaintained Heating and Air Mechanicals
- Moisture Damage and High Humidity
- Construction and Remodeling
- Contaminated Air
Five Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
- Ventilate or Purify – The idea is you want to get air flowing throughout your home, and the easiest ways are to start opening the windows and doors. Even just a few minutes of new air circulating throughout your home can make a world of difference in chasing out unwanted contaminants. Another option is to use air purifiers, even small units, in specific rooms. These units use charcoal and HEPA filters to capture all the air contaminants that can create turmoil with your health.
- Regular Filter Changes – Most of us know that changing the air filter in our AC and other mechanicals is a must, but if you have poor air quality or airflow in your home, you may want to do this on an expedited schedule. Filters are not that expensive, and there are even services now that will deliver them to your door on a schedule. This is almost magical since filters are one of the more common items forgotten when we go to the home improvement store.
- Clothes and Bedding – Your clothes, bedding, and sheets are a haven for unwanted microbes. These little guys like to hang out in the soft textiles of your home and wreak havoc on things like your sinuses. Keeping these items clean and free of moisture is key.
- House Plants – House plants are a natural way to clean the air, and they do so by taking contaminants through carbon dioxide and purify the air when they produce oxygen through photosynthesis. The potting soil also plays a role in cleaning the air as well. The best plant-based air cleaners are Ficus, Fig, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Bamboo, Aloe, Mums, and Spider plants.
- Eco- Friendly Products – Finally, the last way we suggest taking care of your indoor air quality is using eco-friendly cleaning and household products. With so much overwhelming research on how chemical-based products can interfere with your health, the market has responded with competitors creating safe and effective options.
Inside and Out professionals are property inspectors in the greater Jacksonville and St. Augustine areas. If you need assistance with a home inspection give us a call. We can also be reached online if you would like to contact or schedule with us that way.