Unfortunately, while most of us believe that air pollution tends to come from things like big-rig trucks and industrial plants, we are still susceptible to air pollution every day right in our very own homes. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns us that our indoor air is just as polluted – if not worse- than the air we breathe outside.
The good news is that there are things we can do to improve the quality of the air we breathe at home. One of those things is to replace any older appliances that may not run as efficiently as more modern models do. If you need help installing a new appliance or picking out an appliance better suited for your home, then our team at Ambient Edge can help.
Household Cleaning Supplies
Household cleaning supplies is one of the first places to start insofar as improving the air quality in your home. You can clean plenty of household surfaces just as effectively with a milder vinegar and baking soda combination as you can with a stronger surface-cleaning chemical.
From window cleaners to air fresheners, anything you spray in the air you then immediately breathe into your lungs. And, just because it smells nice does not mean it is healthy for you to breathe it in. Plenty of maladies, including asthma and other respiratory conditions, are either caused or exacerbated by household cleaning products.
Improper or Neglected Ventilation
If the air does not properly circulate in your home, this causes particles to remain stagnant. It also makes it easier for you to breathe them in. In fact, the Illinois Department of Public Health has concluded that inadequate ventilation in the home is the primary cause of indoor air pollution in about half of the homes it surveyed.
One of the simplest ways to improve ventilation is to open a window or two, but that’s not so easy to do in the colder months, or if you live in the city where there’s a lot of noise pollution (and outdoor air pollution!). Another way is to improve your HVAC system so that it is up to date with the current codes, which improve all the time as new ways of improving air quality are discovered.
At the very least, you want to ensure regular maintenance of your HVAC system. Replace the filters regularly to encourage the flow of air and discourage the growth of bacteria and mold. And don’t forget to maintain your system’s humidifier, which can also grow and spread these things if not properly taken care of. In fact, you can develop something called “humidifier fever,” a condition that results from neglected humidifiers.
Combustion products are other significant contributors to indoor air pollution. Combustion products are products that require fire in order to function, which results in the production of smoke. Examples of combustion products include:
- Scented candles
- Furnaces, water heaters, and space heaters
- Oil lamps
- Wood stoves
Without proper ventilation, these things contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. Your best bet at preventing polluting your indoor air while using these products is to ensure your home is properly ventilated while these products are in use.
If you’re spraying pesticides on your own lawn, those particles will find their way into your indoor air. But even if you’re not spraying your own lawn, you can still have poor indoor air quality from pesticides. Is your neighbor spraying their lawn? Did you take a walk down your street, then bring your shoes into the house? Pesticides are everywhere, and they too are a significant contributor to the indoor air pollution problem.
Humidity is a problem because moisture breeds both bacteria and mold. When these things release into the air, then your air quality becomes compromised. The best thing to do is to measure the humidity in your home and, if you find the levels to be high, pick up a dehumidifier to dry the air out a bit.
Struggling with Poor Indoor Air Quality? Ambient Edge Can Help!
Sometimes you know when the air quality in your home is off. You may have an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. More often than not, however, the air quality is poor in people’s homes, and they have no idea. Couple an old furnace with an improperly vented scented candle, and your air quality is most assuredly suffering – especially if you use a harsh chemical to clean your kitchen floor.
Of course, many of these problems you can fix on your own, but Ambient Edge can help you with the more difficult tasks, such as maintaining your HVAC system. We offer preventative maintenance contracts so that you can see to it that your HVAC system is properly tended to before it has the chance to suffer any build-up. And if your appliances are getting up there in age, we can help you pick out new ones that will best benefit your home and your family.
Fill out our contact form, or give us a call at (888) 240-8283, and enjoy our 100% satisfaction guarantee on all parts and labor. Don’t let the home you live in make you sick – give us a call today, and let us help!