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Bad Air - Indoor Air Quality and You

Infographic was created by FH Furr - an Arlington HVAC that specializes in improving indoor air quality. 

 

 

Many of us, pay attention to the things that they put inside our bodies such as filtered water or fresh foods. But we often neglect the quality of air we breathe in. Now, many of us can remember feeling polluted after being forced to absorb cigarette smoke or another foul odor, but we rarely relate our homes with foul air quality. However, the air inside is often several times more polluted then that outdoors, and it affects your health just as much as your lifestyle and the food that you eat. If you breathe in dirty or polluted air, you might even suffer from minor symptoms such as itchy eyes, sore throat, and the like. However, long term exposure to air pollutants can already cause you to suffer from serious respiratory diseases and as well as cancer. Fortunately, there are effective ways in order for you to improve air quality inside your home. However, this will require great discipline.
 
• Keep your indoors clean -- it is necessary for you to do regular cleaning and vacuuming using a HEPA filter to get rid of air pollutants. A good vacuum with a very powerful suctioning capacity can be very useful in improving air quality tremendously. It is important to concentrate on areas where debris and dust normally accumulate such as carpet seams and room corners. It is advisable to vacuum your home at least two times a week. In order to make the job of vacuuming a lot easier to do, you should place your doormats at every entrance of the house. This allows household members and guests to wipe their shoes before entering the house. 
 
• Use natural cleaning products -- when it comes to cleaning your house it is best to use cleaning products that do not contain harmful substances. Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful option in cleaning since it does not contain volatile or harmful toxins. You should also avoid using air fresheners since these products do not clean air instead they pollute it. To add aroma in the atmosphere, you can choose oils, candles and incense instead.
 
• Go to the source -- despite cleaning regularly, you can still encounter dirty air if your AC or heating units are not maintained properly. These items can place dirt and dust in the air if they are not checked and maintained at least once every other month. These filters must be cleaned or replaced depending on their condition.
 
• Treat air naturally -- You can also try adding houseplants inside your home. Aside from making the interiors look beautiful, these plants also help improve air quality. Some of the plants identified by NASA that are great in purifying indoor air include elephant ear philodendron, hearth leaf philodendron, English ivy, spider plant, and cornstalk dracaena. NASA mentioned that an average home of 2000 sq. meters or less must have at least 15 plants in 6 inch containers.
 
• Enhance ventilation -- It is necessary to improve indoor ventilation by opening doors, windows, and as well as attic fans. It is necessary to run your air conditioner to reduce moisture. Increase in moisture leads to the presence of molds and dust mites. These substances do affect the quality of your indoor air. 
 
• Test for molds -- you can always hire a certified inspector to check the house for mold growth. Aside from this, you can also buy kits to test the house for radon, lead, and asbestos substances. 
 
• Do not smoke indoors -- this is one of the most popular tips in improving air quality inside your home. Second hand smoke can get in the air and ventilation causing people inside the house to inhale or breathe in the dangerous substances produced by the smoking. This is considered to be very detrimental to health, which is why it is very necessary to do smoking outside the house.
 
By doing these simple measures, you will surely breathe in great quality of air in no time. Aside from cherishing your health, you can also make your house look and feel homey.

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