Perfect Indoor Air Quality: 4 Ways To Push Harmful Pollution Out Of Your Home

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Indoor air pollution is a common problem, even though most homeowners have no idea that the air inside their home is dangerously harmful. There are multiple allergens, contagions and toxins floating all around in the air inside your home. However, you can take action to keep yourself and your entire family healthy. Here are four ways you can treat and prevent indoor air pollution.

Make Sure Your Home Is Well-Ventilated

Many modern homes are built to be more energy efficient, which means they are built tight. While this may reduce energy bills, it has a disadvantage when it comes to indoor air; it increases pollution levels inside the home. Therefore, you may want to consider adding additional ventilation to the attic, kitchen, bathrooms and even basement to increase the air flow in your home and reduce the amount of pollutants trapped inside the house.

Schedule a Test of Your Home's Indoor Air

There are certain pollutants that may be in your home's indoor air that can be particularly toxic. One example of this is radon. Radon is a colorless gas that enters the home after seeping through certain foundation soils. Also an odorless and tasteless toxin, radon is the second-most deadly cause of lung cancer, with smoking as the number one cause. Since long-term exposure opens you up to the risk of lung cancer, it is crucial that you test your home for this gas. You can purchase your own radon testing kit or have a professional come out to conduct the test.

Reduce the Chemicals in the House

You can help the indoor air by reducing the presence of toxic chemicals in your house. For example, when cleaning counter tops, bathtubs and other surfaces in the home, try to use non-toxic cleaners. When replacing floor coverings and wood furniture, try to purchase items that do not contain formaldehyde. When toxic chemicals do need to be used in the home, make sure there is plenty of ventilation and that you only use the amount indicated on the label.

Add Plants Inside the Home

Believe it or not, there are certain indoor plants that can naturally filter your home's indoor air. Aloe vera, spider plants and mother-in-law's tongue can help remove formaldehyde. For a bit more color in the home, you could opt for gerber daisy plants, as these work to remove trichloroethylene, which may be brought into your home with your weekly dry cleaning. Chrysanthemum is also a colorful plant to have in the home. It works to filter benzene, which is most commonly found in detergent, plastics, paint and glue.

If you are concerned about the indoor air of your home, you should learn of the different ways that indoor air pollution can be prevented. Take the time to speak to your local HVAC professional like Armstrong Services Inc about this and all of the pointers mentioned above.

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27 April 2015

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