Due to energy-efficient measures that are prevalent today like increased insulation, tightly constructed spaces, and inadequate ventilation, many issues have surfaced related to indoor air quality.
When there’s a reduced amount of fresh air circulating throughout a building, the indoor environment becomes conducive to a buildup of toxic substances.
Other factors that are known to contribute to indoor air pollution may have something to do with the design of your HVAC system, the use of materials in the manufacturing of products, as well as furnishings that are brought into the building by occupants.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some effective tips on how to reduce indoor air pollution, which will, in turn, help prevent serious health complications.
Tips for Prevention and Control
Here are six steps that you must take in order to prevent and control indoor air pollution that may occur due to factors we’ve listed above:
1. Get Your Indoor Air Quality Tested
The only way you can detect the present of contaminants in your indoor spaces is by getting your air quality tested. Professional indoor air monitoring can help you determine if there are pollutants like radon (a naturally occurring gas) inside your home and commercial spaces.
2. Improve Ventilation
Since insufficient ventilation can affect indoor air quality, you should consider installing a kitchen or bathroom ventilation system so that stale air and excess moisture can be exhausted outside. Talk to your HVAC provider to get a ventilation system installed that will remove stale air from your home and circulate fresh air inside.
3. Use High Quality Air Filters
If you use fiberglass air filters, you should know that they will not protect your indoor spaces from harmful pollutants. You need to invest in high quality pleated filters with at least a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of 5-8 as they will not protect the furnace from dirt, but also trap smaller particles from entering your home.
Moreover, remember to get your air filters changes every three months if there happens to be a lot of pet dander and other pollutants inside.
4. Reduce the Use of Chemicals and Toxic Substances
You also need to take steps to reduce the use of chemicals as much as possible. Always study the labels before buying chemicals and make sure you’re storing these products away from your occupied spaces. Another thing you should do is to air out your dry-cleaned clothes before bringing them inside.