9 Easy Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality
1. Door Mats
Door mats are effective in preventing large pollution particles from entering the home. An EPA study found that door mats reduced lead dust and other contaminants by as much as 60 percent. Considering the low cost of door mats, they are definitely a good investment. Just make sure to routinely wash them because contaminants do build up on them.
2. A HEPA-Filter Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuuming is another great way to reduce air pollution. Some vacuum cleaners work better than others. The most effective ones in reducing air pollution use a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters are most effective because they trap polluting particles like pet dander, dust mites, pollen and even tobacco smoke. Vacuums that don’t use HEPA filters collect dust and dirt, but the tiny harmful pollutants are released back into the air.
3. Make Your Home a No-Smoking Zone
A no-smoking indoors rule should apply to household members who smoke and guests too. Making the home a no-smoking zone significantly reduces indoor pollution. An indoor ban will also keep the home smelling fresher as tobacco pollution lingers.
4. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Speaking of smelling better, a clean home should have no smell. No pine smell or any other artificial fragrance. Cleaning products that use artificial fragrances clean the home, but they also pollute the air. Some natural and economical cleaning products include vinegar and lemons. Eco-friendly cleaning products can be made at home or purchased.
5. HEPA Air Purifier
We know the benefits of a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. An air purifier with a HEPA filter works in a similar way. The only difference is that it’s on all the time and continually traps pollutants. You will be surprised at the particles that it collects. It’s especially helpful for homes that have pets.
6. Pet Grooming
Pets are adorable and part of family, but they also increase air pollution. They do so in the same manner as people. When they are outside, they can track in pollutants. These pollutants are then released into the air inside the home. Routinely washing and grooming pets will minimize pollutants they track in. It will also minimize pet dander.
7. Test Radon Levels
Radon is an odorless toxic gas, and studies have shown that levels are too high in 1 out of 15 homes. Breathing this toxic gas can have significant health risk including cancer. Fortunately, Radon gas test kits are readily available and inexpensive. A routine test from time to time makes sense, considering how harmful it is.
8. Routinely Mop Floors
Mopping floors cleans pollutants that accumulate. Mopping basically cleans what vacuum cleaners fail to pick up. An example is a barely visible wet pollutant that dried up. Often times, these kinds of pollutants are tracked in from outside.
9. Minimize Clutter
We all love stuff, but when stuff accumulates it becomes a magnet for pollutants. Clutter increases surface area, and pollutants like pollen and dust accumulate on it. Clutter also decreases air circulation in rooms and makes cleaning a home more difficult.
Indoor air pollution adversely affects health. It can causes short term and long term health ailments. The good news is that air pollution can be managed and significantly reduced. These nine tips are practical and effective in reducing air pollution inside a home. Following and using them on a normal basis will make the air you breathe safer and healthier.