Do you have good indoor air quality?
Updated: Oct 19
Temps are dropping outside! Windows are shut, heaters are clicking on and people are spending more time indoors, so it’s a great time to think about your indoor air quality.
Let’s go through a little air quality FAQ:
What is indoor air quality?
We are simply talking about the quality of air in your home. Is it polluted, pure or somewhere in between?
Why does indoor air quality matter?
If your air is filled with dust, allergens, VOC’s, mold, second hand smoke and other pollutants, it can affect your health in the short term and long term. Short term, you may have symptoms like congestion, asthma or irritation of the eyes, nose or throat. Long term, you can have respiratory disease, heart problems or even cancer.
How do you know if your indoor air quality is good or bad?
First, evaluate if you have any immediate symptoms that could indicate poor air quality.
Second, think about your habits: are you using harsh chemicals, anyone smoking in the home and do you keep up with dusting and vacuuming?
Third, use detectors. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors.
What can I do to improve my indoor air quality at home?
Invest in a great air filter
Get a few house plants
Don’t use scented candles or air fresheners
Nix non-toxic cleaners
Check for mold and make sure there are no leaks and/or drips in the house
Don’t use toxic dryer sheets
Remove dust and allergens - check out my recommendations in the “helpful links” section.
Replace filters as recommended - in HVAC units, air purifiers, etc.
Control humidity - You may need to use a dehumidifier to keep your home humidity at 50% or less.
If you have new carpets or furniture - make sure they have a chance to “off gas” before bringing them in the home.
Depending on where you live, opening the windows may be helpful or hurtful.
What else would you add to the list?
EPA. 2018. “Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.” Accessed February 15
AAFA. “Adult Onset Asthma.” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Accessed February 21
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