Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Posted By on December 28, 2009

The E.P.A. estimates that indoor air contains as much as 100 times the amount of pollutants as outdoor air. To get better indoor air quality in your home, follow these tips.

  1. Have your air ducts cleaned at least once a year.  Hire a professional. It shouldn’t cost more than a couple hundred dollars and it will help the whole family breath easier.
  2. Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Not only will your house look better, but dust mites, dirt and grime will be gone.
  3. Wash bedding at least once a week in hot water. Dust mites collect on these surfaces also, and regular washing can help keep them at a minimum.
  4. Open your windows & flush the air in your home. Obviously you’ll want to wait for spring weather to do this- but keeping your windows open for several days in mild-spring weather will greatly improve the indoor air quality in your home.
  5. If you have a wood burning fireplace, crack a window near the fire when it’s burning to let in fresh air & let out the carbon monoxide produced by the fire. Make sure the flue is fully open when the fireplace is in use. 
  6. Consider purchasing cleaning agents that are free of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). VOC’s found in household cleaners can agitate breathing conditions such as asthma.
  7. Don’t smoke in the house. Second hand smoke can trigger asthma and cause respiratory illness, especially in children.
  8. Mold is a common occurrence in bathrooms, and can trigger allergic reactions and breathing conditions. Use your ventilation fan in the bathroom when showering and keep it on for 15-20 minutes after your shower. This will help prevent mold growth.
  9. Test your home for radon.  Radon is a naturally occurring and cancer-causing gas found in soils. You can buy a home testing kit at any home improvement store, or hire a professional to test your home.  If high levels of radon are detected, hire a professional to mitigate.
  10. Install carbon monoxide detectors in living spaces.  Gas furnaces and other fuel-source appliances can leak carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous and non-odorous gas. Detectors in every bedroom are recommended.

For more information on Indoor Air Quality, visit the EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

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As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+