Many homeowners have made the choice to go green by reducing their energy usage. As a result, homes are more airtight than they were before. While an effective way to conserve energy, it also means more pollutants are locked inside the home since the natural drafts created by air leaks no longer occur. To avoid creating an unhealthy living space with poor air quality, try to work toward improving indoor air quality by following some quick and inexpensive steps.
- Use mechanical ventilation when you can. Turn on exhaust fans when you cook, shower, or wash or dry clothes in the laundry room.
- Install a whole-house ventilation system to make sure that as many pollutants are cleared out of your air as possible.
- Keep potentially dangerous solvents, paints, pesticides and other volatile organic compounds safely stored in your garage or an outdoor storage container that is placed away from the house.
- Open your windows when using toxic products indoors at home. Breathing in the fumes from conventional cleaning products and other products filled with contaminants can be detrimental to your health. Allow a natural draft to ventilate your home by opening windows when weather allows.
- Use a high quality air filter in your home’s HVAC system. More dust, debris and other pollutants will be removed from the air you breathe by using high quality filters. What’s more, the components of your HVAC unit will also be better protected.
- Use seal combustion, condensing, or power-vented water heaters and furnaces. Get natural draft applications tested for proper ventilation.
- Ventilate hearth products such as wood stoves and fireplaces that must be ventilated to make sure their indoor and outdoor intakes are correctly closed.