Five Steps To Better Indoor Air Quality
According to the EPA, the air inside our homes may be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
In a rush to conserve energy in the 1970s, builders, architects and designers began building tighter homes with energy efficient windows and doors in an effort to seal out potential drafts. While we succeeded in lowering the cost of energy bills, we ended up trapping harmful pollutants inside our homes.
To help you breathe easier, here are five steps that you can take to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Test your home for possible contaminants. There are a number of in-home test kits available to assess everything from lead, to asbestos and radon gas. These inexpensive kits can give you the peace of mind of knowing that you and your family are safe.
If you have a forced air heating system, have the air ducts cleaned regularly and upgrade to better furnace air filters.
Keep your home clean. Keeping your home as clean as possible can dramatically improve the air you breathe.
Consider purchasing an indoor air purifier. Because they can vary in performance, size and cost, it’s important that you find the right purifier to fit your needs. HEPA filtration is one of the most common approaches to cleaning the air. A good quality HEPA filtering system can be up to 99.97 percent efficient at filtering particulates from the air.
Portable units, when sized correctly, can do a good job of cleaning the air in a particular room. But the key is to make sure that unit is sized for the square footage of that room. HEPA room purifiers can range in price from $30 to $300.
Protect your family by installing a carbon monoxide detector.