Did you know according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air quality can be 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air quality? While that sounds alarming, if you think about it, there is so much that contributes to air pollutants in our home.
- If you use a wood burning or gas fireplace or if you smoke indoors, you are contributing to the airborne contaminants in your home.
Additionally, cooking pet dander, and aerosols will reduce the indoor air quality. However, there are certain things that we can do to improve the air quality in our homes. They include cooking more on the grill, vacuuming more often, opening the windows in the evenings, and cleaning the air vents. Air vents are probably the last thing that most of us think about. Personally, I clean my air vents only once in a while. But completing that simple task can improve the air quality in my home. While all these tasks cannot fully prevent contaminants from forming in our homes, at least they will lower the amount and it will improve the indoor air quality. If all else fails, an air purifier is another way to improve the air quality inside our homes. However, the air purifier only cleans small spaces, so unless you have an air purifier in every room then it’s not as effective as some people might think. There are whole home air purifiers that could be installed inside the HVAC system, and while those units are more efficient, they are also more costly. So, it makes more sense to complete the tasks mentioned above to keep the air quality clean in your home.