Many of us think that air pollution only happens outside our home or condo — ozone, haze, and smog hanging in the air, especially during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, the air we breathe inside our homes or condos can be more polluted compared to the air outside. Poor indoor air can be caused by:
➔ House dust
➔ Volatile chemicals from fragrance
➔ Microscopic dust mites
➔ Pet dander
Pollution can also be caused by the arrival of a new mattress or furniture, wall paint, and carpet cleaners. These indoor allergens and irritants can put children and elderly at risk for various respiratory health issues and general fatigue, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system damage.
Here are simple ways to improve indoor air quality and reduce pollution:
● Use Central Vacuum System
In addition to convenience, one of the greatest benefits of using a central vacuum for condos and homes is that it keeps the air cleaner and improves the indoor air quality more effectively than a portable vacuum system. Central vacuum systems have more suction power and can extract dust, dirt, and debris out of the living space and into the main power unit located in the garage or basement where they are then exhausted away from the house or condo.
● Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are small, electrical devices that help clean the air around your home. They also protect the children with asthma from allergens. If you live near to a busy street, installing an air purifier helps eliminate the particulate matter, like dust and pollen, that enters your home when opening and closing your door and windows.
● Professional Carpet Cleaning
Hiring a professional helps deep clean your carpeted areas and remove pollutants and toxins found in carpet fibres. Despite keeping your home well-ventilated and daily cleaning, carpets are still a major source of lingering, harmful mould spores that can pose various health risks.
● Monitor Humidity
Keeping a healthy level of humidity in your home is an effective way to prevent mould and dust mites. Ideally, keeping the humidity at 30 to 50 percent also keeps allergens under control. Using a dehumidifier helps reduce moisture in indoor air, while an air conditioner reduces pollen count.
● Avoid Using Aerosols
Aerosols are impractical and dangerous items to use to disinfect the indoor air and clean furniture and appliances. Aerosol sprays create a mist of liquid particles that can cause skin irritation, aggravate allergens, and trigger fatal heart problems. If you do use aerosols, open the windows for at least an hour after using.
● Mopping Floors
Mopping is a simple and effective way to improve indoor air quality by removing the dust that vacuums leave behind. You can use clean water to mop the floor regularly to get rid of the lingering dusts and allergens. New microfibre mops do not require any cleaning solutions to effectively clean the floor.