While there are many different ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home, they can all be divided into three basic categories. Here’s a look at these three categories and their corresponding tips to improve the air you breathe inside your home.
- Source control: The most effective way to battle poor indoor air quality is to eliminate different sources of the problem. Sources of asbestos, for example, such as old insulation, should be removed or enclosed properly. Your gas stove, which produces carbon monoxide, can be adjusted to limit the amount of emissions it creates. Source control is the most cost effective method of improving indoor air quality.
- Ventilation improvement: By increasing the amount of fresh indoor air that circulates through your home, you can dilute the indoor air pollution and replace it with cleaner air. On days with beautiful weather, this is best accomplished by simply opening screened windows and doors. Other techniques include running an energy recovery ventilation system, using a heat recovery ventilation system, or turning on local room vents in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. Increasing ventilation is particularly important if you are cleaning, painting, cooking or participating in other pollution-causing activities.
- Addition of an air cleaner: Air cleaners are typically designed to remove microscopic particles from the air to prevent them from entering your lungs. The effectiveness of air cleaners depends on the size of particles they can capture and the amount of air that is drawn through the filtering element of the cleaner per minute. Using an air cleaner in conjunction with another technique for improving indoor air quality will often provide you with the best results.
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