The 5 Best Ways to Handle and Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
The air you breathe is important to your health. Most of us spend a lot of time in our homes, so it’s important to take precautions to prevent indoor air pollution. Here are the five best ways to a cleaner atmosphere in your home:
Has Your Air Been Tested Lately?
Not everything in the air you breathe is recognizable. The radioactive substance, Radon, for instance, has no smell yet is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
It can seep up into your home from the ground beneath through cracks and crevices.
The test for this gas and other dangerous materials in the air should be done by a professional to get accurate results.
What Kind of Furnace Filters Do You Use?
It’s easy to pick up a cheap furnace filter for $10 but is it effective? Most inexpensive filters only block large particles from getting into the furnace blower. They don’t help clean the air or make it more breathable.
In order to do this, you’ll need a much more expensive furnace filter, costing possibly into the hundreds of dollars. They’ll pull much more dust and dander particles out of the air, filtering the air you breathe. In the long run, the cost of the filter could save you even more in health care, avoiding lung, allergy, and respiratory problems.
Also, you should have your furnace ducts checked and cleaned yearly, which could help create a cleaner air flow.
Do You Have Appropriate Ventilation?
Newer homes, especially, are built so air-tight that the air quality can become stale and unhealthy. It may reduce power consumption and utility bills, but your health may suffer.
It can help to create better ventilation systems for such places as basements, attics, and bathrooms. Having fans installed and even installing another window in these places will help increase air flow.
Can You Afford an Electronic Air Cleaner?
Having an electronic central air cleaner installed by a professional is one of the best ways to ensure clean air in your home. They are expensive, anywhere from $500 to $2500, but again, if it saves money in health care and helps you and your family members breathe better, it’s well worth it. An air cleaner can remove up to 30 times as much dust as a less expensive air filter.
There are also smaller, less expensive portable ones that you could purchase for just one room, possibly a bedroom, if someone is having breathing problems at night.
How Much Chemical Use Goes on in Your Home?
Preventing indoor air pollution means using fewer chemicals in your home and having good ventilation while using such things as hair spray, cleaning solutions, and even air fresheners.
If you have a pest infestation such as ants, use a professional all natural pest control service, so your home isn’t infused with deadly chemicals.
Carefully read the labels on products you bring home and follow the instructions for using anything with chemicals. If at all possible, only bring home “green” products or those with few chemicals.
Following these measures should help create a fresher, healthier air quality within your home.
Make sure you’re breathing in the fresh air in your Mississauga home. Call Bosco Home Services at (416) 405-8632, and get the experts to solve the problem.