Air Quality | 11 Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality Pt. 2

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Air Quality | 11 Steps to Better Indoor Air Quality Pt. 2

Air Quality |  4. Tell Grandpa to Smoke His Pipe Outside

Tobacco smoke is an irritant and breathing secondhand smoke is extremely hazardous to your health. To improve your indoor air quality, don’t allow anyone to smoke inside of your home.

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5. Think About Wood Flooring

If you have always wanted hard-surface or wood flooring but could never justify the cost, knowing that hard-surface flooring is easier to maintain in an allergen-free state than carpet, may be just the excuse you’ve been looking for. Carpets are far less sanitary than hard-surface flooring, so if you choose to keep them, make sure you vacuum regularly.

6. What About an Air Filtration System?

Filtering your indoor air by way of a central system for the entire home is the single, most efficient way to improve your indoor air quality. If a central system is not an option, you may consider a single room air purifier. Remember, though, a single room purifier is just that; it purifies air in only one room. Because air moves about your home freely, air from a non-filtered room can easily make its way to a filtered room, defeating the purpose of your mission. With whichever system you choose, make sure it has a HEPA filter and beware of systems that generate ozone but claim to filter the air.

7. Make Sure Your Home is Radon Free

A radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer, radon is colorless and odorless, so detecting it is impossible without testing for it. The EPA recommends a do-it-yourself testing kit that can assess radon levels in your home. For more information about radon, visit the EPA’s Consumer Guide to Radon Reduction.

8. Become Product Conscious

Did you know that certain products can actually help you maintain healthy air quality within your home? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has developed a certification program designed to help you identify which products these are. Visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation for more information.

9. Add a Few Houseplants to the Mix

Houseplants have an amazing ability to take you back to nature in the comfort of your own home. But did you know they also remove significant amounts of harmful toxicants from the air, such as carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia? Scientists say that by using one houseplant for every 100 square feet of space in your home, you’ll be on the way to cleaner indoor air. For a list of which air-purifying houseplants are most recommended, refer to 10 Houseplants that May Purify Indoor Air.

10. Watch Out for Household Chemicals

The final step in our management plan for improving indoor air quality requires that you become aware of the different types of products in your home that contain harsh chemicals. These include paints, varnishes, wax and cleaning or cosmetic supplies. According to the EPA, everyday household items such as these contain dangerous chemicals that can cause harm to your lungs if inhaled. If you must purchase these types of products, do so in limited quantities. Also, don’t keep partially used containers of unnecessary products laying around your home as they can emit chemicals that are bad for your lungs. -very well

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