Am I Contributing to My Home’s Poor Air Quality?

We’re all aware that outdoor air pollution can have a negative impact on your well-being. But did you know that indoor air pollution is just as harmful, if not worse? According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA), studies show that indoor pollutant levels may be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels! These results are a cause for concern given that, on average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors.

Unfortunately, you may be decreasing your home’s air quality without even realizing it. Apart from outside air getting into your home, here are four ways you might be negatively contributing:

Poor Ventilation

Proper ventilation gives contaminants and pollutants an easy way to escape your home. Make sure you practice proper ventilation by opening windows, turning on ceiling fans, and running exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms. 

Not Regularly Washing Bedding

By skipping out on periodically washing blankets and beddings, you’re introducing pollutants and allergens. Pet dander, dust mites, dust, and pests may have burrowed themselves down between the fibers. To cut back on these pollutants, regularly wash your sheets, pillow covers, comforter — everything that’s safe to go through your washing machine — once a week. The higher the cycle’s temperature, the more effective it will be to kill off allergens, mites, and more.

Insufficient Dusting

If you’re using a rag to dust, you’re probably just pushing dirt around instead of collecting it. To effectively remove allergens and dust, consider using a microfiber cloth, as they are specifically manufactured to grab dust and dirt particles instead of merely moving them around.

Harsh Cleaning Agents

Chemicals such as bleach, disinfectant sprays, and other strong cleaners can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), harming the air around us. These compounds include fluorine, chlorine, formaldehyde, and bromine, which can be dangerous for human contact. By utilizing natural cleaners, you’ll be able to lower the number of VOCs in your home and improve the cleanliness of the air you and your family breathe.

How Air Duct Cleaning Improves Your Home

You can do your due diligence by dusting properly and opening a few windows, but sometimes those measures aren’t always enough. By having a professional clean your air ducts, you’ll be able to reap the following benefits:

 

For more information about how Air Wiz Duct Cleaning can help improve your home, contact us today!

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