In 2019, our air quality is worse than ever. Chemical pollutants fill the air and lessen the outdoor air quality. On top of that, natural pollutants like dust and dirt float through the air all on their own.
It is difficult to walk outdoors feeling stuffy from smog and smoke and small particles, but it is even more difficult to combat the effects of poor air quality when it works its way into your home.
It is vitally important for us to breathe clean air. And, every breath we take in a space with poor air quality puts us at risk for a multitude of health issues. Poor air quality affects the respiratory system, the lungs, and even the heart, and it is especially detrimental to those who have pre-existing asthma.
However, there is no need to panic because there are a few things you can do to maintain good air quality in your home.
Below, are some steps you can take to breathe better air all year long.
Go For Wooden Floors
If you have the ability, it is highly recommended that you choose wooden (or laminate) floors over carpeted floors.
Carpets are fibrous, so dust and dirt and dander and pollen all stick to the small fibers. These particles get lodged in your carpet and can be difficult to remove completely.
Even though a carpeted area may not look dirty, it is likely that your carpet is hiding a lot of pollutants and toxins. If you have a carpeted area, you should vacuum it weekly to help improve indoor air quality.
However, the best option is to choose wood floors if you can. Wood floors are not fibrous, particles do not get as stuck on wood as in carpet. Wood floors are also easier to clean, and it is easier to see when a wood floor is in need of a good clean. For optimal air quality, you should try to clean wood floors every week.
Humidifiers are especially helpful for the wintertime or dry season. As counterintuitive as it may sound, adding some extra humidity can actually help you breathe better.
There needs to be a happy medium; a home cannot be too humid, but it can also not be too dry. Often, the wintertime brings with it very dry air, and this dryness can decrease the air quality in your home.
Even more, homes with poor indoor air quality can suffer from interior damages, such as cracked plaster and paint, peeling wall paper, and split floor boards. Of course, this is not ideal from a cosmetic perspective, but can be actually dangerous from a medical perspective.
There are a lot of toxic fumes and chemicals in the glues and adhesives found in wallpaper and floor boards, which get released into the air when indoor humidity is too low.
Luckily, cool mist humidifiers have the ability to increase indoor humidity that is too low. They release mist into the air to add much-needed moisture to your indoor environment. Good quality cool mist humidifiers also help catch toxins that come in from the outdoors like smoggy chemical emissions. Resources that home service professionals use like iPropertyManagement, go in-depth in explaining how exactly cool mist humidifiers increase air quality, but to put it simply: they work!
It may sound counterproductive but opening your door to the outside world can greatly increase the air quality in your home.
There is a lot of good that can come from getting fresh air. You can air out dust and dirt that originated in your own home. As the fresh air comes in, the poor-quality air is slowly replaced.
The first step to ventilating your property is to make sure all of your windows and doors are able to be opened. If not, then take the necessary steps to un-jam them. You also need to make sure that there are no holes in your window screens - you want fresh air, not bugs.
It is important to note it is better to ventilate your home at certain times of the day. If you live in an area that is known for having heavy rush-hour traffic, avoid ventilating your home at those times to avoid allowing chemical pollutants into your home.
It is best to open all of your doors and windows in the early morning when the outside world is giving off less emissions to ensure that you are bringing fresh air into your home.
Filters and Fans
Air conditioning units and ceiling fans can make us feel cool and refreshed, but they can actually be diminishing indoor air quality.
Dust and other particles fly all around your home, and it is pretty typical for it to land on top of your fan or in you air conditioning unit’s vents.
Once the A/C and fans are turned on, they spray these particles all over you and the rest of your home. However, it is possible to change your A/C filters and clean the top of ceiling fans to instantly improve your home’s air quality.
Overall, there are several easy and effective ways to maintain good air quality in your home every single day.