A layer of dust on the coffee table in your Richmond, Virginia, home makes it easy to tell when your home needs cleaning. It's much more challenging to identify other contaminants in your indoor air. Most indoor pollutants are smaller than one micron, or 1/25,000 of an inch. From household chemicals to allergens, indoor pollutants are hazardous to your health. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends using the following three strategies to improve your indoor air quality.
Keep Pollution Out
Source control is your first line of defense against poor indoor quality. These tips can help to keep your home and business pollutant-free:
- Address the cause of foul odors instead of using scented candles or air fresheners to mask them.
- Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC systems to ensure that they operate safely and without contributing to indoor pollution.
- Try to avoid products that off-gas chemicals. Otherwise, ventilate well, especially when there are noticeable odors.
- Keep humidity levels under 50 percent to prevent the growth of moisture-loving pollutants like bacteria and viruses.
Let Fresh Air In
Ventilation plays a key role when it comes to improving indoor air quality (IAQ). Leaving windows open on low-pollen-count days introduces fresh air into your home. Using the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom when you cook and bathe is helpful as well to control moisture levels. High-performance IAQ products like ventilators use energy captured from outgoing air to pre-filter incoming air.
From household plants to whole-home air purifiers, there are many ways to reduce the number of airborne pollutants in your home. Plants improve IAQ by pulling contaminated air toward their roots where the pollutants are converted into nutrients.
An air purifier works with your central air system to capture microscopic particulates that would otherwise circulate through your home. At Air Excellence, Inc., we offer a broad array of products and services designed to improve indoor air quality. From duct cleaning to expert air quality tests, we're here to help everyone in the North Chesterfield and Henrico counties to breathe easier. To learn more, explore our indoor air quality solutions or call us at 804-885-3888.
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