How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

  • Poor indoor air quality comes from a variety of places like cleaning supplies, paint, mildew, pollen, and smoke, but there are some easy measures to combat the problem.
  • Regularly changing out your HVAC filters is one way to ensure the air quality in your home is as good as possible.

How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

The air quality inside your home needs to be as good as possible if you want to keep everyone healthy. While you may know there are plenty of allergens outside, you should also know there are plenty indoors as well. Improving indoor air quality takes into account understanding the causes, what the negative effects are and what you can do to make an improvement.

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

You may be able to walk around and see things that are causing your indoor air quality to be poor, but not everything is that obvious. Some things that you may not realize cause poor indoor air quality are:

  • Smoke – We’re not just talking about cigarette smoke, although that is a huge contributing factor. We’re also talking about smoke from cooking on the stovetop, spilling something in the oven, burning a candle, or having a fire in the fireplace.
  • Cleaning Supplies – There are probably chemicals in the cleaning supplies you use throughout your home. As soon as you give that cleaner a spray, it starts to circulate.
  • Mildew – When mold and mildew form in your home, they let off microscopic spores that circulate in the air in your home. This may be due to a natural disaster, a leaky pipe, or just having a high level of humidity in the home.
  • Pollen – Although pollen grows outdoors, it gets tracked in on just about everything, such as your shoes, your pets, and your hair. If you ever leave the doors or windows open for fresh air, the pollen can fly in that way as well.

What Are Some Negative Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Each of the causes of poor indoor air quality poses a different negative effect, though most are related to the health of your family. Individuals with respiratory illnesses may suffer greatly because the pollen, smoke, chemicals, and spores could get into their lungs. Different types of volatile organic compounds found in paint and some chemical cleaners have been linked to cancer. You also run the risk of a weakened immune system and becoming more susceptible to the common cold, flu, and other viruses.

What Can I Do To Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Improving indoor air quality isn’t hard, but you need to know how to get it done properly. The following are some suggestions:

  1. Regularly change your HVAC filters. An HVAC filter collects all of the dangerous debris that circulates throughout your home. If you don’t change your filters on a regular basis, you run the risk of releasing the pollen, chemicals, and other allergens back into your home.
  2. Look for VOC-free products. When you shop for cleaning products, air fresheners, paint, floor polish, dishwashing detergent, and other “chemical” products, search for items that are VOC-free.
  3. Strive to keep the pollen outside. While it’s great for your health to spend time outdoors, do your best to keep the pollen out there when you and your family move indoors. Take your shoes off at the door, wipe your pets down when they reenter the house, wear a hat when you’re out and take it off when coming back in, and keep your windows shut.

Ordering HVAC Filters

As you can see, there are some simple solutions to keeping your indoor air quality as good as possible. Contact Crockett Filter Club at 1-844-401-4604 to order your HVAC filters today.

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