According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside your home may be significantly more polluted than the air outside. Their research further states the average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, highlighting the significance of keeping your indoor air clean. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to enhance the quality of the air inside your home.
Keys for Clean Indoor Air
In many homes today, the same building practices which prevent unwanted heat loss or gain also prevent the exchange of fresh air. This means volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens and other pollutants may remain part of your indoor air indefinitely, but there are a number of things you can do to improve the quality of the air you breathe.
Clean Smarter, Not Harder
Remove dust, rather than merely spreading it around, by using microfiber or electrostatic cloths to clean. These types of materials attract and trap dust and other particles and are reusable. Work your way from the top of the room down, wiping all vertical surfaces and vacuuming last, to pick up any particles which may have been left behind.
Upgrade Your Cleaning Equipment
Invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, which can filter over 99 percent of the particles that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms such as pollen, dander, dust and mold.
Let Fresh Air In
Don’t trap polluted air in your home. Retractable screen doors allow fresh air to filter in and stale air to filter out while protecting your interior from insects and other pests. They are HOA friendly and won’t distract from your home’s design, as they tuck neatly away when no longer in use.
Indoor plants provide a number of benefits for indoor air quality, including:
- Reducing carbon monoxide levels,
- Reducing airborne dust, and
- Reducing the levels of such pollutants as nitrogen dioxide, benzene and more.
Change Your Air Filter
Each time your HVAC system turns on, air is drawn through the return vents, conditioned and expelled through the supply vents in a continuous cycle. The air filter traps harmful particles as air travels through the network, preventing them from recirculating and helping to keep your indoor air clean. In order to ensure peak performance, it is important to have your HVAC system regularly cleaned and maintained.
By implementing these practices you’ll keep your air cleaner and be able to breathe easier. If you’re interested in having retractable screen doors installed, contact us at 858-283-8113 to get started today!