The health of your indoor air is an important, but often overlooked aspect of your interior comfort. Poor ventilation can lead to a number of inconveniences, and even some greater health risks should they not be addressed promptly. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your air in top condition and protect the health and wellbeing of all those who live inside.
1. Clean your air circulation systems
Lots of homes have some form of circulatory infrastructure in place, whether this be in-house air conditioning, connective air duct systems, or something else entirely. Air ducts can be vulnerable to accumulating a buildup of harmful residue, such as bacteria, mold, and dust, which can lead to a variety of health risks should the concentration increase.
Whilst air ducts don’t necessarily need to be cleaned regularly, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on them for any changes in performance. If you do decide that such a cleaning procedure is the right choice for you, take the time to acquaint yourself with reputable duct cleaning services, as an inexperienced worker could potentially cause harm. However, with a high-quality service, you can rest assured that your air filtration systems will continue to function effectively.
2. Keep your moisture levels in check
The moisture levels of your air can have a huge impact on your comfort levels- especially if you find that you can be particularly sensitive to any changes in air quality. Should your air contain high levels of humidity, you might find yourself suffering from dehydration, throat and airway irritation, and even an increased susceptibility to allergies. Likewise, excessively dry air can also have a series of harmful side effects such as respiratory irritation, skin conditions, and even an increased risk of illness.
There are a few ways to amend your air quality in this way. The first, and easiest way of managing your indoor air moisture levels is by employing the use of a humidifier or dehumidifier- depending on which extreme you’re currently struggling with.
If you feel that such devices aren’t sufficiently dealing with the problem, there are a few other possible solutions to consider. For instance, in smaller spaces, adopting a plant that thrives in humid conditions can actually work wonders towards filtering out some of that excess moisture.
On the other hand, an excess of persistent dry air can be symptomatic of a larger problem in your home’s infrastructure which may need to be addressed. Sometimes, an extreme amount of dry air can be a result of poorly-sealed windows and insulation. It might require a diagnosis courtesy of a window specialist, but you might find therein lies the key to a cleaner, healthier indoor level of air quality.
3. Keep your environments clean
One of the most prominent perpetrators responsible for indoor pollutants is generic dust and animal dander. A high presence of particles such as these in the air can result in breathing difficulties, eye irritation, and other familiar allergy symptoms.
Vacuum clean your spaces (particularly carpeted ones) at least once a week to keep this level of pollution to a minimum, and double-check that your vacuum cleaner is equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) filters clear away the minuscule particles responsible for impure air with a degree of accuracy that regular vacuum cleaners struggle to match.
Alternatively, if the problem persists, consider switching to hardwood or laminate flooring if most of your problem spaces are dense with carpeting. Carpeted flooring is able to hold onto a much higher concentration of allergy-inducing particles than solid ground, and is also much more difficult to clean entirely.
4. Ventilate your home
There are a huge variety of health benefits which come with breathing in a healthy amount of fresh air, such as boosting your immune system, improving digestion, and even improving your mental health.
Where possible, consider opening up your windows more often to let some new air indoors. This new airflow will help decrease the concentration of pollutants in your environment as the air becomes renewed and replaced.
There are a number of ways to keep your air quality high and an even greater number of benefits that come from making these small changes to your environments. You’ll find that the health and mood benefits can’t be overstated and that by taking care of your air quality, you’re also taking care of yourself and your fellow home inhabitants simultaneously.