5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
It is common sense that our health is directly impacted by the quality of the air we breathe. With that in mind, there is growing evidence that the indoor air we breathe on a daily basis is quite often even more polluted that the outdoor air. Many of us spend a significant amount of time indoors and we really should be aware of the various hazards we are potentially exposing ourselves to. The pollutants come from a range of basic home surroundings like carpets, wood floor finishes, fireplaces, paints and cleaning supplies. It is a common misconception that the cleaning supplies we use on a weekly basis are helping to keep our homes clean of germs, when the reality is that we are doing real harm to our lungs.
So, let’s say we are now aware of these various dangers to our health. What can we do about it? Consider hard surface woods or tile flooring as an alternative to carpeting as many carpets are made from synthetic materials that are full of chemicals and other harmful elements. If you prefer carpet, you should consider seeking out an eco-friendly product. When you repaint, you should stay away from paints that contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). These VOC’s are often found in cleaning supplies, paints and lacquers. They produce vapors that are quite harmful to your health. There are many alternatives that have little or very little VOC’s.
There are other common causes of indoor pollutants inside our homes to note. Some home insulation contains formaldehyde. It is important to check that your heating and/or cooling system is installed properly and that it is often maintained. Water heaters, stove and gas ranges may also emit gas which can prove detrimental to our health.
You may want to consider proper air filtration systems as well. With a quality air filtration system you can reduce the amount of air-born pollutants significantly. This dramatically improves the quality of the air you breathe.
Think green. There is an obvious benefit to reassessing your indoor air quality that could be very significant to you and your family in the long run. By making the appropriate upgrades, you can turn your house into a green home. Focusing on making your home greener will not only improve your health but can also save you some money!