Every Home Has Indoor Air Pollution, But Here Are Steps to Minimize It

Posted on: February 20, 2015

Indoor air pollution is a problem in most homes here in Central North Carolina, especially during the winter months. Though air quality affects everyone, those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory concerns can actually be in a great deal of danger due to poor air quality. Luckily, there are a number of ways to improve indoor air quality and minimize indoor air pollution.


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Though some pollutants cannot be easily detected, there are methods of testing for many common pollutants in homes. Carbon monoxide detectors are a low-cost option to make sure that one potentially deadly gas is not present in your house, and radon can be detected by home test kits. For a more thorough evaluation of your home’s air quality, have a professional assessment conducted.

Pollutants

The simplest way to prevent indoor air pollution is to avoid bringing pollutants into the home. When painting, choose paints with lower quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and use chemical-free building materials during renovations. For optimal air quality, you should also avoid using any toxic cleaning chemicals or pesticides inside the house.

HVAC Air Filters

Most heating and cooling systems include an air filter, through which the air circulating through the ducts passes. Homeowners should replace this filter at least every 3-4 months, and should choose high quality HEPA filters to make sure the air stays free of pollutants.

House Plants

House plants are a simple, but often overlooked, way to minimize indoor air pollution. Many common indoor plants absorb toxins, and freshen the air inside the house, in addition to brightening up a room.  Try English ivy, peace lily, and golden pothos for some decorative plants that also remove pollutants.

Air Purifiers

Many homeowners, particularly those with family members who suffer from asthma or allergies, opt to invest in stand-alone air cleaner systems. These range from low-cost tabletop units, meant for only one room, to comprehensive whole-house units, and can make a huge difference in minimizing indoor air pollution.

For more tips to help you minimize indoor air pollution in your North Carolina home, call Air Experts today.

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