Pollutants and toxins are everywhere, but there are some simple ways to prevent indoor air pollution in your home so you and your family can breathe a little easier and stay healthy all year long.
Install Adequate Ventilation
Today’s energy-efficient homes can trap pollution and stale air inside your home instead of providing proper circulation. The key is to install adequate ventilation in places like the attic, basement and bathrooms.
Test Your Indoor Air
You have to know what’s in your air so you’re aware of potential problems. Radon is a huge concern and a leading cause of lung cancer. This radioactive gas can infiltrate your home through cracks, plumbing and joints, but it can go unnoticed since it doesn’t have an odor. You can easily test for radon by buying an inexpensive kit.
Control Humidity Levels
Mold and dust mites love moisture. A dehumidifier can help keep the moisture in the air to a minimum. Experts recommend a level of between 30 and 50 percent to keep you comfortable. If you have an HVAC system with a built-in humidifier, you can turn it off or set the levels appropriately.
Don’t Smoke Inside
One of the best ways to prevent indoor air pollution is to stop smoking inside. It’s one of the biggest contributors of indoor toxins. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals and has been linked to many illnesses. Secondhand smoke is one of the leading causes of asthma in children.
Use Natural Cleaners
You may love the fresh citrus or pine scent of a just-cleaned home, but did you know that many of the store-bought cleaners contain a host of toxins and chemicals? Use natural ingredients to clean, such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.
For more information on how to prevent indoor air pollution, and you’re in the Houston area, contact ACS Absolute Comfort.
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