For anyone interested in staying healthy, air quality is a major concern. While outdoor air is usually what people think of when they hear the term air quality, the air in your house is probably more important because it’s really the only air that you have a little control over. Because of my son’s allergies and concern for my own health, I need to make sure that the air in our home is clear of any pollutants and pollens.
What Causes Poor Air Quality Indoors?
Because your home’s air is more contained than the air outdoors, the air quality inside your house has potential to be more harmful. While indoor air quality can be very poor, especially in the winter months, there are steps you can take to up your air quality. If you want to improve your air quality, you might think it is a good idea to open up a window, but that can actually be counterproductive.
When I open up a window in my home, my son complains about his allergies. The best option is to turn on the air conditioner, even if you just turn on the fan to the air conditioner, and let the air circulate through the system. Allowing the air to circulate will filter out some of the impurities and pollutants. Just make sure that your air filter is clean and replace as necessary. Otherwise, you’ll just circulate impure air throughout your home.
Not everyone realizes that indoor air quality could be hurting their health. Some common health signs that could indicate poor indoor air quality are:
- Worsening Allergy and Asthma symptoms
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
- Eye, nose, throat, or skin irritation
- Dizziness and Nausea
There are even more severe health effects that can be caused by poor indoor air quality. Try some of my go-to tips for increasing indoor air quality first, but you may have to consult a doctor about your health risks.
How to Increase Indoor Air Quality
There are any number of factors that can cause poor air quality indoors, but there are a few simple things that you can do to cut down on the amount of pollutants and impurities in the air in your home.
- No Smoking
Not only is smoking terrible for your health and you should stop if you do (it affects more lungs than just your own), but smoking also puts tons of terrible toxins into the air and can greatly reduce the quality of air in your house. If you must smoke, take it outside.
- Molds and Other Biological Pollutants
Molds and other forms of biological pollutants like bacteria, pollen, animal dander, and viruses are also guilty of contaminating air. Cleaning regularly will help mitigate them, and there are also special bedding products that will resist these pollutants and make it easier to clean them up.
There are hundreds of different chemicals in the products that we use every day. These products can cause all kinds of air quality problems. With the latest green initiatives that so many businesses are taking now, though, there are a lot of alternatives that use fewer chemicals—or none at all. Look for the cleaning products that advertise themselves as “free,” “clear,” or simply with no harsh chemicals.
There are plenty of ways to clean up the air inside your home. Take some time and put a few of these ideas into play and you’ll be breathing easier in no time.