The change in the climatic conditions and relying more on conditioned air has increased pollutants and has deteriorated the indoor air quality. In order to have good quality of air, you need to have air change and provision for fresh air intake.
The contaminated air circulation will degrade its quality further leading to health issues. The following are few tips that will enable you to improve the air quality required for healthy living.
- Fresh Air Intake:
When you take fresh air by opening the windows, it will result in decrease in the pollutants and carbon-di-oxide (CO2). When the CO2 increases, you feel lethargic and feel lousy.
- Reduction in chemical pollutants:
The various chemical pollutants in the air can affect the air quality. The following are the steps that reduce chemical pollutants.
- Smoking: Tobacco smoke contains high concentration pollutants having adverse effects in the indoor air quality. Thus you should avoid smoking indoors or make a smoking area where there is constant flow of fresh air.
- Harsh Cleaners: You should avoid using harsh cleaners and solvents or strong room fragrances. Instead you should use natural or herbal products.
- Paints & Polish: When you are doing painting and polishing in house, you should keep you home open with all the windows and slides. Activities done for the sake of hobby such as soldering, gluing, rock polishing etc. increase pollutants hence they should be done in open air instead of closed rooms.
- Exhaust system: The exhaust system of the house should be properly installed whether it is of the kitchen or you house garage.
- Cleanliness matters:
It is important that you keep your house clean and tidy. The dirt and mess around the sofas, flooring can reduce indoor air quality. Small steps such removing the shoes outdoors, placement of mats at the entrance, regular cleaning of the bed-sheets, pillows, comforters etc. can reduce the dust mites.
Mopping / Vacuuming the floor and unreachable areas with high efficiency filters at least once a week will greatly improve the indoor air quality.
- Control moisture:
Keeping the humidity in the range of 30% to 50% can drastically reduce the growth of molds that produces pollens and allergens. You can control the humidity by using dehumidifiers. If you see any water leaks or wet area, repair them and keep them dry. In the bathroom, while showering you can turn on the exhaust fans.
The ventilation design of the house plays critical role in maintaining the indoor air quality. You have to ensure that the exhaust system such as kitchen, bathroom, fireplaces have vents away from conditioned air intakes.
You will have to use good quality filtration equipment to control dust levels. You need to clean the filters regularly and change them periodically.
- Air filtering plant:
By planting indoor plants such as English ivy, Peace lily, Variegated snake plant and Florist’s chrysanthemum you can block toxic agents to some extent which alternatively improves indoor air quality. You can get more details on http://georgiamechanical.com/ for utilizing air filtering plant as a source for reducing pollen.
Thus, the basic idea for improving air quality is to get the fresh air and keeping your ventilation system in order. You can monitor the indoor air quality by installation of sensor and then controlling it.