Here are some helpful tips to help improve the quality of air in your home.
Key Sources of indoor air pollutants:
- Biological pollutants like mould, dust mites and bacteria.
- Chemical pollutants are gases and particles that come from combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, household cleaners, personal care products as well as from various building products.
Ways to reduce indoor air pollution:
- No smoking indoors
- Keep your home dry. Control humidity levels that allow mould to grow. Use an exhaust fan in the bathroom and a dehumidifier in the summer.
- Avoid idling. Cars, lawnmowers, generators etc. should never be idled in the garage, especially those attached to the house.
- Do it outside. Activities that generate high levels of pollutants, like painting move outdoors whenever possible.
- Maintenance is key. Ensure all fuel burning appliances are well maintained and working properly.
- Choose low-emission alternatives.
Ventilate your home: A lack of ventilation, especially in air-tight buildings has a major impact on air quality:
- Open windows and doors regularly to refresh the air in your home.
- Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
- Mechanical systems. Do some research, numerous systems are designed to bring fresh air indoors and vent stale air to the outside. They also assist in circulating air and controlling temperature and humidity levels throughout the home.