Indoor air quality can be much worse than outdoor. Sooner or later it might affect health of your whole family. Indoor air quality should be very important to you. The best and most effective way to reduce indoor air pollution is to get to the source. There are many sources of allergens in every room in your house, but there are easy solutions and HVAC products to get rid of most of them.
These are the most common pollutants found in your house:
*lead, VOC’s, formaldehyde
*mold and fungus
*dust mites, bacteria, and pet dander
*carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and radon
*toxins from household cleaners, fragrances and pesticides
Some of these pollutants were linked to cancer, asthma, allergies and other health problems. If you or your family member is experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, congestion, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes or sore throat, skin irritation and coughing and sneezing, cleaning your air should be your priority.
Here are some tips how to maintain better indoor air quality in your home.
- You should inspect your HVAC equipment regularly and change your filters at least every 3 months.
- Make sure that your fuel burning equipment and appliances (exhaust fans, furnace, fireplace, heaters, range tops, etc.) are properly vented outside but away from windows, doors and HVAC intakes.
- Do not smoke cigarettes inside your home.
- Install high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA).
- Turn on A/C unit in the summer. Air condition will remove pollen and particulate matter and also will keep house humidity down which will help to reduce the dust mites.
- Install whole house humidifier to control moisture in your house at the winter time (we recommend to keep humidity level around 35%). Portable humidifiers used in the bedrooms usually do not have these settings and will give you too much moisture which is the best case scenario for mold and mildew growth in your house.
- Change your household cleaning supplies and laundry detergents for non-toxic and eco-friendly ones. Avoid burning scent candles and stop using toxic air fresheners. Everything you use in your house has better and healthier alternative. The Honest Company makes great non-toxic natural cleaning products and much more. You can also find great stuff in Whole Foods or organic section of your grocery store. Some of these products might be a little more expensive but you will save money on the long run because doctor’s visits are much more costly. Besides, your health is priceless.
You can find a lot of helpful information and recipes for natural cleaners on http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/spaces/ .
- Avoid wall to wall carpets. If you do not have a choice because you are renting or you can’t afford any home improvements at the moment-vacuum often, do not let your kids to eat or drink in these areas and open windows to ventilate as much as you can.
- If you decide that your house needs fresh coat of the paint-look for lead free paint. If you need professional help call local company Soroni Painting and Restoration Services http://www.soronipainting.com/. They will provide you affordable and quality service with healthy paint alternative.
- Do not use pesticides on your loan. Pesticides are poison creating risk to you, your kids and your pets. Also try to use natural organic fertilizers. Like we mentioned before-everything has healthier alternative. These days you can easily do your own research on the internet. Also talk to your neighbors to do the same and refer them to our blog to get educated.
- Buy houseplants which will help you to improve indoor air quality in your house. Here is the list of some of them:
*Aloe Vera-will help to clear formaldehyde and benzene from chemical based cleaners, and paints.
*Spider Plant-will help to remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and carbon monoxide, and it is also safe for pets (before you place plants in your house, you should make research for pet safety because some of them might be poisonous to your dog or cat, so you should place them out of the reach of your pet).
*Gerber Daisy-effective in removing trichloroethylene from your clothing after dry cleaning (remember to remove your cloths out from plastic covers after you bring them home from dry cleaners).
*English Ivy-reduces airborne fecal-matter particles.
*Peace Lily-removes most common VOC’s.
*Chinese Evergreen-filters air pollutants and removes toxins.
*Bamboo Palm-good plant to place by furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.
*Heart Leaf Philodendron-toxic when eaten but good with removing all kinds of VOC’s.
- Pay attention to cosmetics and personal hygiene products you are buying. All the toxics from the products you use are going directly to your body and all the toxic fumes are going directly in to the air in your house. Aluminum, zinc salts, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, talc, steareth-n, silica, silicones, dyes, fragrances and other most common allergens are being used to produce cosmetics. Read the label for ingredients before you buy.
- Buy Air Purifier, especially if you or any of your family members has allergies, or if you have pets at home. They will capture airborne chemicals, particles, noxious gases and odors. It is very good idea to put one in your bedroom.
- Also furniture can be made from toxic materials, so you should do your research as well before you bring beautiful piece of poison to your home. Consider buying used furniture which already had their chance to off-gas. It is always good idea to open the windows or even put the new piece of furniture outside for couple of days if this is possible. Do the same with mattresses and other bedding.
There is a lot of toxic chemicals and pollutants in our indoor air. We can’t change the chemical industry, but we can make better choices for ourselves. In 35 years the EPA has restricted only 5 toxic substances and FDA has banned 11 of them, where at the same time Europe has banned more than 1,100 chemicals that are considered unsafe in personal care products alone! Start making your healthier choices today. Do not wait.
And if you need help with your regular HVAC equipment maintenance-call Adam’s HVAC, Inc. at 773-556-6401. We will help you with all your heating and cooling needs – you can change for better everything else!