Regardless of whether you’re in a new home or an older home, you are exposed to air pollution on a daily basis. Air pollution can be caused by furnishings, improperly insulated homes, asbestos in older homes, and more.
If you’re seeking to avoid indoor air pollution, you’re going to want to start with the home itself. Older homes should be carefully inspected for asbestos. Asbestos removal is very expensive and can still leave asbestos behind, so if you’re considering purchasing an older home this is important to keep in mind.
Newer homes won’t have the risk of asbestos, but new carpeting and construction materials can also exude air pollutants that can put the occupants at a potential health risk.
Properly inspecting homes can be a good start to reducing indoor air pollution. Make sure that windows and doors are all properly sealed and keep them closed when the air outside is hazardous such as high pollen counts, nearby fires and smoke from such fires, air pollution in nearby cities or towns etc.
You can further reduce indoor air pollution by purchasing furnishings that won’t exude hazardous chemicals. If there is an odor to a new chair, for example, this could be a hazardous chemical. Find out what it is and check with the manufacturer.
Many people opt to purchase an indoor air purifier. These work well if you make sure to clean the filters frequently and to purchase and change the filter on a regular basis.
Keep in mind that indoor air purifiers will only clean for specific air pollutants. You’ll also want to make sure that the one that you select will be large enough for the areas of your home that you’re going to be spending the most time in.
Not all indoor air purifiers will clean the required hazards from your home so read the fine print and learn what they will and won’t remove from your home.
Also, keep in mind that you’ll want a unit that is large enough for your living area and any other areas that you frequent in your home.
Plants offer a great way to keep your air pollution down in your home. Such plants as spider or airplane plants (same plant, different name) are excellent for adding some nice greenery to your home and purifying the air at the same time.
There are many great plants for such purposes and you can mix and match them to your heart’s desire. The more you have, the cleaner the air. Just remember that some plants are poisonous to pets and people and make sure to place those particular plants out of reach. Plants will also add more oxygen into the air and the rich oxygen is nice for those who struggle with many health issues.
While it’s tempting to let the fresh air in on cooler afternoons or when the sun is out, keep in mind that there is a pollen index that should be reviewed first. If it’s a high pollen day, don’t open doors and windows as this could cause more air pollution and irritation to those with respiratory issues.
Listen to the air quality reports as well so that you can keep the bad air out of your home and the good air in. Make sure to properly seal and weatherize your home and avoid leaving the doors open unless you have to.
Keep your home as dust free as possible and invest in a heppa filter for your vacuum as well as your air filter. These steps will help to improve your indoor air quality and reduce indoor air pollution.